Movements are effective only when we intentionally question ourselves and our work. And so we must consistently ask ourselves—how do we reclaim aspects of the college sexual assault movement to make our movement better for students and activists? As the Associate Director of External Programming at End Rape On Campus (EROC), I spend a lot of my time thinking about how students experience prevention education at schools. I have the pleasure of working with students and administrators on developing anti-violence programming tailored to their community’s needs and experiences. In doing this work, I’ve come to see that intentional anti-sexual violence programming, specifically prevention programming, is essential to change the culture at a school or university. But, many school communities are failing to maximize the impact of their messaging because students are not a central part of the development and dissemination of the prevention messaging.Read More
Untouchable: Centering Survivors of Harvey Weinstein’s Abuse and Sharing Their Stories | Q+A with Director Ursula Macfarlane
Ursula Macfarlane is a UK-based filmmaker whose candid documentaries have gained multiple wins and nominations for the BAFTA, Grierson and Royal Television Society Awards. End Rape on Campus (EROC) sat down with Director Ursula Macfarlane to chat about her latest documentary, Untouchable. This documentary, available on Hulu, centers survivors of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of abuse and tackles the entertainment industry’s long overdue cultural reckoning with sexual harassment and assault.Read More
Check out this excellent zine by EROC’s summer fellow Betsy Kim about the complicated question of holding artists accountable for harm they’ve caused in the sexual violence space. Click below to find the PDF 📃Read More
The #MeToo Movement has been around for over a decade, and now, when our #MeToo stories are finally being heard, Colorado state has the opportunity to listen and respond to our stories if Governor Polis signs SB19-007 into law, a bill that will ensure protections for student survivors in Colorado.Read More
“The statistics are shocking: Every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted and One in five women will be sexually assaulted in college. This harsh reality has helped give rise to the #MeToo movement, founded by Tarana Burke more than a decade ago, and a long-overdue focus on the experiences of sexual assault survivors. As much of the nation has galvanized to support survivors and commit to eradicating sexual violence, the Trump administration has had an appalling response: rolling back survivors’ rights, including those of young survivors in schools under Title IX...”Read More
If you’re anything like me, school supplies appearing in bulk in storefronts has always put a pit in your stomach. As I kid, I dreaded them as a signal of the end of a season of running barefoot, sleeping past seven, and staying up late to watch Nick at Night. As a graduate student, I see the same supplies as a marker of looming paper deadlines, unfinished readings, and a new semester of student loan debt. As a survivor of campus sexual violence and the institutional betrayal that often follows, I experience an even more complex set of anxieties related to the start of school.Read More
“Arbitration.” Did you fall asleep yet? Arbitration sounds like a painful procedure or a boring thing accountants discuss. There’s a reason there’s no “Law and Order: Arbitration Unit.” That said, as a law student and EROC’s Legal Fellow, I believe sharing information about our legal system (even the less glamorous information) can equip survivors to be even better self-advocates, especially after experiencing sexual assault.Read More
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, there have been countless stories of people sharing their experiences with sexual violence. One of the hardest parts of hearing story after story is realizing the person accused is a friend, loved one, or just an acquaintance. In other words, it is difficult to grapple with the fact someone you thought you knew could commit such a crime.Read More
Essure has been marketed by the medical device industry as a form of permanent contraception, a method intended to bring about sterilization in the female reproductive system. Essure was appealing because it did not require surgery; health care providers would insert coils through the vagina and the cervix, into the fallopian tubes. The device would generate scar tissue and cause a closure within the tubes, blocking the transmission of sperm.Read More
Supreme Court rules crisis pregnancy centers do not need to provide information about abortion services
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) do not need to provide any information about abortion to those who are seeking health care services. Crisis pregnancy centers are faith-based, many of them renounce modern contraception methods, and they often employ deceptive strategies to prevent pregnant people from obtaining abortion.
Our Executive Director, Jess Davidson, reflects on 46 years of Title IX, and what the next few years of the fight for equity under this celebrated civil rights law should look like.Read More
It's Black History Month 2018!
We want to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has been following our Centering the Margins Initiative, hashtag, and social media campaign. We are proud to announce our first campaign of the year paying special tribute to people of the African Diaspora and their impact on the anti-violence field and social justice work nationwide.
To ensure that CTM is amplifying and centering the voices of marginalized communities throughout the year, we are using the heightened visibility that comes with Black History Month to celebrate and promote education of Black history, emphasizing historical Black activism within the U.S. Be sure to follow EROC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the month, as well as the CTM blog, where we'll be highlighting student activism and Black history, present, and future.
Celebrate Christine in her latest promotion to Research Manager at EROC.Read More
Meet Catalina Velasquez, our newest member of the EROC team, and Communications Director!Read More
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to mourn, honor, and celebrate the lives of transgender and gender expansive people who are no longer with us due to societal and state sanctioned violence. Today is also an opportunity to celebrate the living, and the contributions of transgender people to the socio-cultural fabric of U.S. society.Read More
Dear survivors, students, parents, and allies,
After almost five years, the time has come for me to move on from End Rape on Campus.
It’s been hard to encapsulate everything that's happened and what it's meant to me in words. To be honest, it hasn't hit me yet that I'm leaving. Holding schools accountable for sweeping sexual assault under the rug has defined each day of my life since I was 19.Read More
I like and am simultaneously frustrated by "Me Too." Speaking out is powerful and important. But the burden shouldn't always be on survivors.Read More
An anonymously submitted poemRead More
Join us and special guest Vice President Joe Biden to hear about you can support us and each other in the fight against sexual assault.Read More