AUC Students Mobilize Against Campus Sexual Violence Culture

Courtesy: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Curtis Compton)
Courtesy: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Curtis Compton)

Students from the Atlanta University Center are seeking answers from presidents on how to address what they say is a growing culture of sexual violence and intolerance around the institutions. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the presidents’ response to a list of 13 demands from the students, who say that rape and victim blaming are increasingly a part of student life, but aren’t among the top priorities for campus administration. From the AJC:

On Tuesday a forum on Spelman’s campus to address the current state of Title IX — the section of federal law that outlaws sexual discrimination and violence — drew mixed reactions from students, with some encouraged by the forum and others discounting its effectiveness.

“There was a lot of rhetoric today,” said Spelman student Clarissa Brooks, a member of the group demanding change and of AUC Shut It Down, which interrupted presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s recent Clark Atlanta visit. “We need a statement specifically saying that Spelman and Morehouse will not condone sexual cultural that allows for sexual violence and the mistreatment of victims, and we didn’t get that.”


One thought on “AUC Students Mobilize Against Campus Sexual Violence Culture

  1. As a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University, I am proud to see our student populations collaborate to effect change in policy and programming in the AUC. As an Epidemiologist, I am in full support of these efforts and will lend my expertise to assist these students to mobilize their efforts and create tangible changes in individual- and group-level risks these students need and deserve regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

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