Who Put You in Charge?

With all the discussion happening regarding Universities and Colleges [mis]handlings of on-campus rape cases, many people have never stopped to consider an important question.

Why is that their responsibility?  Why isn’t it taken to the police?

It’s a fair concern.  After all, rape and sexual assault are serious charges.  This article by Politico details not only why, but how it came to be that campus assaults became handled this way.  It’s an incredibly informative piece.

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Bathroom Advancements

referenced from: mikhaela.net

referenced from: mikhaela.net

It’s always good to see schools preemptively adapt to their students.  A school district in Clifton Park, New York has started the process to officially allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.  This is the first case that I’ve seen where a school began putting policies like this up for a vote without any legal pressure or public pressure related to a current student.  They will require the students to have some sort of “documentation” (presumably a doctor’s note or some other medical personnel’s diagnosis with gender identity disorder, or something similar), as well as permission from high-ranking school officials.  I would guess that these restrictions were put into place to help quell some adult concerns about sexual assaults and boys sneaking into the women’s room.  In my opinion, it would be incredibly difficult for a teenage boy to truly, passably, fake being transgender, but apparently not everyone agrees with that.  The school makes a point to specify the “gender identity that the student exclusively and consistently asserts at school,” which is, again, a smart way to clarify that this is meant for students well into their transition.

Read All About it!

by Randy Glasbergen

by Randy Glasbergen

I’ve talked about this a lot.  Now, we have a professional article from a legitimate source talking about the handling of sexual assault and rape in universities and colleges.  Honestly it just needs to be talked about in general.  This is serious, this is way more common than it should be, and it’s not slowing down.  Educate yourself, and force the schools to as well.

Lets Talk Boobs

by Heather Cushman-Dowdee

by Heather Cushman-Dowdee

Excuse me, “breasts.”  I had to get your attention somehow.  We’re talking breastfeeding today.  Honestly though, this has been a big issue for quite a while now.  Not only is it something that affects quite a few people, but everyone seems to have an opinion on it as well.  Recently, a story came out about a woman in Florida, who seemingly took every precaution to avoid offending anyone while breastfeeding on an elementary school campus, but was still approached (by the principal) and asked to cover up or leave.  Now, after this interaction, the story gets a bit fuzzy.  She later confronted the principal regarding her rights as a breastfeeding mother, and the rest of the story is contested and hearsay.  Regardless of her behavior, she was correct on her rights to breastfeed in public.  Florida law states she may breastfeed in public, with any amount of breast or nipple exposed.  However, there is no enforcement provision in Florida, which is where the problem occurs.  It essentially means that you’re required to follow this law, but there’s not penalty if you do not.  Seems a bit contradictory to me, but who am I to judge?

Blink-Timing

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and view one of the most beautiful/horrible examples of on-campus sexual assault awareness.  I’ve said time and time again that universities and colleges need to do more to prevent and respond to sexual assault within their community of students.  This school NAILED IT.  By nailed it, I mean they did one of those things where the point of the nail goes in and then you hammer it sideways accidentally and it bends and you can’t fix it so you just pound it in so far that you can’t see it anymore.

Not So Frat-tastic

I’m sure a lot of you have heard statistics relating fraternities to higher instances of sexual assault and rape.  It’s no big secret that unhealthy views of women and sexuality can be promoted, especially in environments inundated with alcohol and peer pressure.  However, I can say that this is the first time I’ve seen a serious suggestion for the banning of all fraternities.  For once, I don’t know that I have a clear opinion on what the right answer is.  I feel there are probably other options too, tell me what you think!