FSU Students Speak Out Against Rape

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By: Mike Springer
April 12, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-Some Florida State University students are protesting against what they call 'rape culture'.

Dozens of students waved signs and marched across campus. The group says 'rape culture' is any culture that accepts sexual violence.

The group wants to open up a dialogue on rape on college campuses. It wants people to stop judging others by how they dress or act.

"Acting a certain way while they're intoxicated or if they are passed out from being intoxicated, that does not give anyone the right to violate them in any way, shape or form," said Jessica Schwartz who help organize the rally.

Students from FSU's F Word organization, the Dream Defenders and A Democratic Society helped organize the event as part of Rape Awareness Week.

Press Release: F-Word FSU

Who: FWord,
Students for a Democratic Society, Dream Defenders as well as
other student groups
What: Protest and Rally against Rape Culture
Where: Free Speech Rock near Oglesby Union On Friday, April 12th at 3:00 p.m., FSU students will be holding a demonstration protest Rape Culture as apart of Rape Culture Awareness Week.

Students from various campus organizations will be speaking out against rape culture and the horrendous effects it has on women on campus but as well as globally.

All week, F Word, a feminist student organization on campus, as well as groups like Students for a Democratic Society has held programming on campus educating students on the harmful effects of rape culture and what should be done to address it.

As well at the rally, attendees will be remembering Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was taken off life support on Sunday, three days after she tried to hang herself after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied.

While about 3 percent of men will be the victim of a completed or attempted rape during his lifetime, the overwhelming majority of the victims are women of adolescent and college age.

Consider these statistics from the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence about sexual assault on college campuses:

•Between 20 and 25 percent of college-aged women will be victims of rape or attempted rape during
their college career. Freshmen and sophomores are particularly vulnerable.
•Nearly 90 percent of college-age victims knew their perpetrator.
•Forty-two percent of the victims told no one.

This is a serious issue that must be addressed and students at Florida State University will be gathering to make sure their voice is heard on the subject. Students believe there are numerous things that even FSU administration can do to address the problem such as a mandated consent courses to new FSU students so they are educated on the importance of consent.

“We live in a patriarchal world where rape culture is laughed off as not a big deal while everyday, women are the victim to blatant attacks because society encourages it”, said F-Word Lead Organizer Jessica Schwartz. “Women everywhere and their allies are standing up to fight back against rape culture and give the voiceless a voice”.

F-Word is a feminist organization on campus that seeks to create a voice for women's equality on campus while fighting back against oppressive forces such as rape culture.

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