WASHINGTON—End Rape on Campus (EROC) is proud to announce the launch of its latest initiative, Centering the Margins. Launching this morning on EROC’s website, Centering The Margins will provide students most vulnerable to sexual violence with comprehensive resources that center their needs and experiences. This initiative also amplifies the voices of students targeted by the current administration via a blog series and assists students organizing for a just future and equal access to education.
High rates of sexual violence in school coupled with insufficient access to resources force many marginalized students, including students of color, students with disabilities, and more, out of school. The Trump administration has jeopardized these already vulnerable communities by threatening legal protections including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and protections from discrimination issued in previous Department of Education guidance. The sustained attacks on civil and human rights have left marginalized students concerned about their safety and ability to pursue their education. With the federal government making campuses safer for perpetrators of violence, survivor advocacy must address the multiple factors that disproportionately affect disenfranchised students.
Chardonnay Madkins, EROC’s Programs & Operations Director said, “It’s imperative that we center marginalized communities in advocacy. We must alter our perception of survivors and envision them to be inclusive of LGBQ people, trans and non-binary people, people with disabilities, people of color, and all people who are discriminated against on multiple fronts.”
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