This post is a bit more serious than some of my others. Some of you may have seen my Facebook post, which showed an article from The Crescent regarding the Tulane Sexual Assault Climate Survey. You can find the actual survey results here. You can find The Crescent’s response article here. Now, I don’t want these results to frighten anyone back at home. I am doing fine, and I am staying safe. However, it’s clear to see that this is a HUGE issue here on Tulane’s campus, and every college campus for that matter.
I don’t have some magical solution to propose. I’m just as stumped and appalled as everyone else by the results of this survey. But I feel as though I should address this issue and bring awareness where it may not already exist. In my freshman writing class (one of my favorite classes this semester) we have been looking a lot at these sorts of issues, and I’ve found that being from such a small town leaves me relatively unaware of them. And so, because I don’t have my own experiences to reflect on, I’ve been trying to do better about listening to the stories and opinions of others, and I deeply encourage you to do the same. There is a desire for change, and we have the power to enact it.
I want to end this short-yet-overwhelming blog post with something a little less grim. In my freshman writing class, we’ve been reading some articles written by Rebecca Solnit, and I want to share them with all of you because they had such an impact on me. The first is Men Explain Things to Me, and the second is If I Were a Man. Solnit is an amazing writer, and she speaks on these topics so eloquently that it’s hard to not be affected by them.
I’m sure I’ll have more positive news to report in my upcoming posts, especially with Mardi Gras right around the corner, so stay tuned for more updates.
xoxo, second sister suzie