The Reckoning with Zerlina Maxwell
April 18, 2019
Learn to spot examples of everyday rape culture and become part of the movement to end it.
You know Zerlina Maxwell from her regular contributions to The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, JET, Marie Claire, theGrio.com, BET.com, Feministing.com, CNN.com - and from her appearance in Lady Gaga's "'Til It Happens to You" at the Academy Awards in 2016. Now Zerlina Maxwell brings her powerful presentation on rape culture, feminism and race to Grounds.
The current conversation about gender based violence foregrounds the historic silencing of marginalized communities. Whether assaults are committed on campus or off, survivors face a multitude of challenges created by victim-blaming culture, toxic masculinity, a racist and sexist criminal justice system and a flawed Title IX process. How can we challenge these barriers and work to change them?
Zerlina Maxwell is at the forefront of these discussions, whether she is messaging through social media, appearing on national media, speaking in public forums or writing on the issues of campus sexual assault and rape culture in the United States. Zerlina is the Senior Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM. She is an MSNBC political analyst, a speaker, and writer focused on national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including race, feminism, domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality.
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University of Virginia launches Campus Climate Survey
March 19, 2019
The University of Virginia is one of 33 institutions participating in the 2019 Association of American Universities (AAU) Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which is being administered by the research firm Westat. The survey field period is March 19-April 16 and all degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional students will be invited to participate. The 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct is designed to gauge students' knowledge and beliefs about social situations and perceptions related to sexual misconduct at UVA, and about their knowledge of resources available at UVA. This survey also asks students about their experience with sexual misconduct, such as harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of violence. All responses are anonymous and participation is voluntary. Results from the survey will guide ongoing reviews of policies and services that support a healthy, safe, and nondiscriminatory environment on Grounds.
Charlottesville-Albemarle Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) signs Protocol
January 11, 2018
The University of Virginia and members of the Charlottesville-Albemarle County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) signed a standards of practice and protocol for the SART. The SART, which consists of of the University of Virginia; Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA); Charlottesville, Albemarle, and University police departments; victim/witness advocates from the city, county, and University; the Charlottesville and Albemarle Commonwealth's attorneys; and a forensic nurse examiner, developed the protocol to implement the October 2016 Memorandum of Understanding. After the signing, President Teresa Sullivan said, "We all look forward to the day when there is no sexual assault anywhere. We're not at that day yet, so until we are, we need a way to help the survivors of sexual assault heal and go on with their lives, and to seek justice from them if that is what they want."
Statistics About Response to Reports of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment
December 15, 2017
The University of Virginia is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University. Today, the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) Title IX office is publishing statistics regarding the University's response to reports made pursuant to the University's Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. The Title IX office will release similar data on an annual basis.
University of Virginia Releases Results of 2017 Campus Climate Survey
December 15, 2017
The University of Virginia today released the results of a comprehensive survey gauging the climate and culture related to sexual assault and other forms of sexual and gender-based harassment misconduct at the University. The Title IX office will use the campus climate survey results to inform future response, training, and initiatives.