Being against patriarchy means being against the harmful patriarchal ideology that ignores/downplays the sexual abuse of men as well as the traditional cis straight male centered definition of what rape even is.
Click the link to read the rest of Ashwini Hardikar’s post about US military presence and its increasing role in Latin American sex crimes.
Our community, much like society-at-large, needs a paradigm shift as it relates to our sexual assault prevention efforts. For so long all of our energy has been directed at women, teaching them to be more “ladylike” and to not be “promiscuous” to not drink too much or to not wear a skirt. Newsflash: men don’t decide to become rapists because they spot a woman dressed like a video vixen or because a girl has been sexually assertive.
How about we teach young men when a woman says stop, they stop? How about we teach young men that when a woman has too much to drink that they should not have sex with her, if for no other reason but to protect themselves from being accused of a crime? How about we teach young men that when they see their friends doing something inappropriate to intervene or to stop being friends? The culture that allows men to violate women will continue to flourish so long as there is no great social consequence for men who do so.
I work with this non-profit called Safer Campus and they have a ton of resources dealing with campus rape culture. Their “about us”
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is the only organization that fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies. An all-volunteer collective, SAFER facilitates student organizing through a comprehensive training manual; in-person workshops and trainings; free follow-up mentoring; ourCampus Sexual Assault Policies Database; and a growing online resource library and network for student organizers. SAFER firmly believes that sexual violence is both influenced by and contributes to multiple forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, and homo/transphobia, and view our anti-sexual violence work through a broader anti-oppression lens.
So you can try to go through any of those means to try and hold your campus accountable and find resources. But more importantly there is a SAFER blog. I feel as though if you get enough people to come together, or find a campus newspaper article about what’s going on campus - you can maybe spread the word about whats going on and apply outside pressure!
Keep me updated on what goes on!