Feb

17

Coalition Against Sexual Violence Release Comprehensive List of Suggested Reforms to Sexual Assault Policy

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it's a power colorIn a press release this evening, the Coalition Against Sexual Violence has released a list of comprehensive reforms they’d like to see made with respect to the sexual assault policy here at Columbia.

This comes after yesterday’s community forum in Lerner where participants were asked to make policy suggestions and proposal edits.

The proposals constitute “a living document that will continue to change with continued input from the community and as we continue to discover solutions to the concerns raised by survivors at Columbia” and call for better staffing of the Rape Crisis/Anti Violence Support Center, changes to Consent 101/Keeping Sex Sexy, a reorganized PACSA (Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault), and increased transparency about the process in general, as has been requested in the past. Several of the issues addressed in the proposal have also been highlighted in Anna Bahr’s series of investigative reporting for The Blue and White.

Full statement from the Coalition

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY]

PRESS RELEASE: Student Coalition Announces Proposals for Fighting Sexual Violence and Rape Culture at Columbia

The Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) at Columbia University, representing a broad community of students and student groups, presents our Student Proposals to Fight Sexual Violence and Rape Culture at Columbia. These recommendations call for a comprehensive set of changes to the policies, resources, and community practices related to sexual violence and rape culture at Columbia. The full text of our proposals is available here.

These proposals are the result of extensive research, professional support from legal experts and leading campus safety organizers, diverse student input, and, most importantly, the concerns raised by survivors. They include expanding currently existing consent and rape culture education programs, improving crisis resources for survivors, and implementing long-term accountability and student input mechanisms, and addressing concerns raised by survivors and resource providers regarding the adjudication process.

This document has been formally presented by representatives of the Coalition to senior administrators overseeing the President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault (PACSA), Sexual Violence Response (SVR), Columbia Health Services, and Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct (SSGBSM), who will consider these proposals as part of their current review of Columbia’s sexual assault policies and procedures. The Coalition will also continue to organize students on campus to educate students, create a culture of consent, and push for these changes through student action.

This is a working draft, and will be revised continually as more voices come into this conversation and more concerns are identified. The Coalition will continue conversations about how to best protect and support Columbia students on campus. As part of this work, CASV will be holding open workshops where all students are welcome to propose revisions to this document, to voice concerns, and otherwise participate in the continuous process of advocating for a safer campus community.

About CASV

CASV is a coalition of students and student groups who are interested in fighting sexual violence and rape culture at Columbia. The Coalition is a nonhierarchical group, open to all students and community members, which strives to promote and facilitate nonviolent communication and safe spaces. The goal of this group is to allow all students to share information, resources, knowledge, events and activism, and help elevate the diversity voices and of perspectives on these issues.

Contact

For press inquiries, to learn more about this proposal or the Coalition, or to get involved, please contact: [email protected], or visit us on Facebook.

If any member of the community would prefer to contribute to the conversation anonymously, please use this Google form. Please note that the responses to this Google form will be anonymous, but visible to all of the students actively working to address sexual assault on campus.

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3 Comments

  1. Coalition Member  

    Hey BWOG staff,
    There are a couple small mistakes in here: the press release is misquoted in the third paragraph (that phrase never appears in the press release) and the actual text of the full statement is incorrectly copied (specifically in the fourth paragraph of the press release). Thanks!

    • Alexander Pines  (Bwog Staff)  

      Hey, the quote in the third paragraph (before the jump, that is) is, as stated, from the proposal itself and not the press release. I've updated the post to link to the document in the text. The fourth paragraph of the press release was changed in response to a text to me from another coalition member saying that it was a typo, we did not alter the text of the release itself in any other way. We're sorry if you thought that Bwog at all misrepresented the statement in our coverage.

  2. anon  

    But that b*tch jackie sharp is going to fight all the changes

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