Virginia Tech Womanspace members launched the #SitDownVTFootball campaign to voice their concerns about the conduct of the Virginia Tech Football players who were in attendance at the group’s 26th Annual Take Back the Night. These roundtable contributions tell the story through the eyes of three feminist leaders on VT’s campus who were there, and who are demanding accountability.
On Monday, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) convened the last of three roundtables on campus sexual assault. This final roundtable addressed the criminal justice system and administrative processes for prosecuting cases of sexual assault on college campuses.
“There’s an old saying: ‘behind every great man, there is a strong woman.’ Men, it’s time to be great and stand behind our women.”
“I rise because this movement is growing and I want it to explode, until it has no more room to grow because justice is already everywhere.”
“Hell, existing is political activism and social resistance.”
“As long as we continue to spark dialogue about sexual violence and refuse to allow it silence us, there is no way we cannot create a better world.”
“I will not be a victim, I will not be a statistic, I will not apologize to anyone. I will stand up for myself, and other survivors, to increase awareness and prevention of domestic violence.”
We’re celebrating by looking back on how far we’ve come. Check out our downloadable LYBD card inside!
From North Carolina to Virginia, students are taking action to ensure that their voices are heard loudly and clearly come the next election – no matter how much legislation stands in their way.
We wanted to create a space for talking about race and we think having a discussion about these issues is absolutely necessary – but surely we will leave something out. So please, share your stories with us!