As a college student, you have a integral role in countering rape culture and ending sexual violence on YOUR campus. Activism takes many forms — find the intersection between where your interests and passions meet this important issue. We have provided suggestions for addressing this issue within the university and community levels, and through political avenues.
Effect change at your university.
Ask critical questions of your administrators
- Does your sexual violence and harassment policy have an amnesty clause for non-violent conduct violations? (for example, if a student reports a sexual assault and was drinking, does the policy explicitly say that this student will not get in trouble with the school for consuming alcohol?)
- Does the Title IX Coordinator receive annual training that is trauma-informed?
- Are resources for survivors accessible online, including an online reporting option? If so, how are they publicized?
- Is there mandatory prevention education on campus? Is the information presented in a way that is accessible to students? Do the trainings teach students how to be active bystanders and inform them of ways to practice affirmative consent?
- Check to see if your school is reporting in the daily crime log and sending out appropriate timely warnings when crimes occur
If your school answers any of these questions with “no” or “I’m not sure,” put pressure on the administration to make sure the answers become “yes!” This could include writing an open letter with other students or alumni in the local or student newspaper.
Form or join campus organizations dedicated to ending sexual violence
Offer support to on-campus groups supporting survivors or demanding better prevention efforts. Help them put pressure on your administration to prevent violence on your campus, and better handle incidents of campus sexual assault when they do occur. Get involved on your campus, your community knows what's best. Be sure to include the voice of survivors from all backgrounds.
Host a screening of The Hunting Ground for University officials
Call on your administrators and trustees to host a private screening of The Hunting Ground. Encourage them to consider the trends revealed in the film, and to take action on their campus.
Your voice matters. As a college student you have a unique opportunity to effect change through influencing policy makers. Check out our policy reform guide to get started.
Spread the word in your community.
Whether you are attending college in your hometown, or not, you can make a difference in your community both on-campus and off, to support survivors. We encourage you to consider the following:
- Host a public screening of The Hunting Ground
- Use your voice. Talk to your friends about these critical issues. Follow End Rape on Campus on social media using the links below and get active in the conversation.
Activism takes many forms. Supporting survivors and refusing to ignore the epidemic on our campuses is a way of standing up to the institutional indifference survivors have faced. By refusing to ignore sexual assault, you are engaging in activism.
Never forget to support survivors, trust survivors, and believe survivors. You can find a good collection of resources here.