Washington City Paper Column Focuses on... →
By Amanda Hess on Sep. 24, 2009, at 2:13 pm: You’re Drunk. It’s Inside You. It Kind of Hurts. Is It Rape? (Column: The Sexist) When American University students returned to school this fall, student newspaper the Eagle greeted them with a warning. In a piece titled “Sex-perimentation defines Welcome Week,” three anonymous sex columnists presented a nightmare college sex...
Where Is Your Line? →
AU Sexual Assault Working Group Speaks Out Against... →
Letter to the editor: Without Consent, It’s Sexual Assault Where’s the line between a hook-up and sexual assault? The recent Eagle column, “’Sex’-perimentation defines Welcome Week,” indicated no such boundary exists. The line, however, is clear and we want you to know what sexual assault is and what to do if someone is sexually assaulted. The authors made the boundary between hook-up and assault...
Q&A: Is It Rape If I Was Drunk? →
Excerpt: I will try to be as definitive as possible: Rape is any act of sexual intercourse that is non-consensual. It doesn’t matter if someone is drunk. It doesn’t matter if you know them. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy their company. It doesn’t matter if you invited them in. It doesn’t matter if you would have said “yes” under different, consensual circumstances. It sounds like you’re asking...
THE LINE is Coming to AU! →
Women’s Initiative is proud to kick off THE LINE Campaign’s National Campus Tour with a screening of the documentary THE LINE and a Q&A with Producer, Director, and Filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman! About THE LINE: What happens to women when they express their sexuality? Where is the line of consent? A documentary by Nancy Schwartzman “The Line is one of the best films I have ever...
The Conversation About Rihanna & Chris Brown
the-activista: usydwomenscollective: abbyjean: Ever since the abuse occurred, the media has been fixating on Brown and Rihanna, intent on interpreting each and every one of their actions in light of what they say about Brown’s abuse of Rihanna, or about Rihanna’s recovery from said abuse, or about domestic abuse in general. Nowadays, they’re less important to us as pop stars than as the means by...
WI Rape & Safety Department's First Meeting →
The Women’s Initiative Rape & Safety Department is holding its first General Body Meeting this Tuesday, September 15, at 8 PM in MGC 247. Come on down to learn more about (con)sensual and other related projects and how to get involved! Contact: email@example.com
Christina Ricci Confesses: Life as an Advocate →
the-activista: Christina Ricci, actress and all-around mesmerizing face, has taken to Capital Hill as national spokesman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network to urge Congress to increase funding for the national sexual assault hotline. This is her Celebuzz Diary.
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Make a pledge that if you choose to have sex, it will be good and good for you,...– Shelby Knox, A Smart Girl Guide to College (Sex) (via the-activista)
Whatever you wear, whoever you dance with, however much you drink, whatever way...– Jessica Valenti
missed the meeting?
To get involved with (con)sensual, you can: 1. Follow us on twitter! (http://twitter.com/auconsensual) 2. E-mail Carmen Rios, Director of the Women’s Initiative Rape & Safety Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org! 3. Sign up to volunteer, send in ideas, and read the blog, and remember— Ask First!
WI General Interest Meeting Next Week! →
RT @sexgenderbody: ONLY RAPISTS CAN PREVENT RAPE http://ff.im/-7BI8O
The Eagle Writes Back On "Sexperimentation" Piece →
(con)sensual is going to do its best to keep up with the @TheEagleOnline controversy- stay tuned! http://bit.ly/SfaAo
RT @davidwpritchard: New blog: http://bit.ly/IlTnI About an awful, sexist article in my school paper.
Director of WI Rape & Safety Department Blogs to...
carmyn: My name is Carmen Rios, and I am a Sophomore at American this year studying Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies and Public Communication. My work on-campus is mostly advocacy, as a Senator in the Undergraduate Senate and the Director of the Rape & Safety Department of Women’s Initiative, as well as Director of Communication for Queers & Allies. This past summer, I was given...
An AU Student Responds to The Eagle →
Death of the Eagle September 3, 2009 by davidsardonicus The Eagle is my campus newspaper here at American University, though henceforth it has lost the ability to be considered a “newspaper” on the grounds that what it prints is just contemptible, condescending tripe. I read this article, “Sex-perimentation Defines Welcome Week,” and quite frankly I’m livid. This is beyond reproach. The fact that...
What did YOU think of the @theeagleonline article about “sexperimentation?” http://bit.ly/3QZJPI
A third of teenage girls suffer sexual abuse in a relationship and a quarter...– More here and here (via gauntlet) (via the-activista)
Our blog is up and running! Find out more about consent, the campaign, and our efforts at http://bit.ly/SfaAo
Women's Initiative Rape & Safety Department... →
what is consent?
One of the reasons consent is a complex and difficult topic is the lack of cohesive agreement on exactly what consent is. For, well, forever, it was universally seen that rape only occurred when someone violated a vocalized or physically blatant rejection of sexual activity; when people were obviously coercing others or physically/mentally abusing them in a way to manipulate them into sexual...
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You can choose your choice, but you do not live—or fuck—in a vacuum. No matter...– Becky Sharper (via historicupstart) (via the-activista)
welcome to (con)sensual!
Welcome to the website of (con)sensual, a new campaign at The American University meant to build knowledge and create dialogue surrounding the issues of sexual assault, sexual consent and boundaries, and healthy relationships among the student body. Our Mission Statement (con)sensual is committed to shifting the campus culture at The American University by ending rape-prone policies, fighting...