As part of 7000 in Solidarity’s second annual Consent Week, this Wednesday the Kerckhoff Patio was host to a fair dedicated to male survivors of sexual violence. Meant to be both a source of education and resources, the fair event was held from 11 until 2 to raise awareness surrounding an issue that is not often discussed, especially on college campuses.
Often times male survivors of sexual assault are neglected and are told to “man up” when coming out as a victim of rape. Wednesday’s event of UCLA’s Consent Week hosted by 7000 in Solidarity addressed the issues men face when speaking up about being sexual assaulted.
Bruin Consent Coalition’s Tuesday event for the second annual Consent Week joined together with Chai Talks, a safe space to discuss issues that affect the South Asian Community. The important communities agreements include: using “I” statements to ensure that no one feels attacked, respecting gender pronouns, and to listen to your body about triggers.
This year’s second annual Consent Week hosted by 7000 in Solidarity at UCLA kicked off activities Monday night with its “Man Up?” art gallery opening: a photographic poster series that deals with the topic of toxic masculinity commonly perpetuated by the phrase “man up,” and how this plays a part in preventing the creation of safe spaces for male survivors of sexual assault.
Leelah Alcorn committed suicide at the end of December 2014. In a response to this, The Leelah Project was created to help end the stigma around transgender people.
Chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice! No Peace!”engulfed the UCLA campus. On the morning of Tuesday November 25, UCLA students rallied together to protest in solidarity with Ferguson. The night before, a grand jury ruled not to indict Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot and killed 18 year-old Michael Brown.
It’s her fault. She shouldn’t have worn that outfit. She shouldn’t have gotten drunk. She was asking for it. She deserved what she got. We’ve all heard it before, classic victim blaming. The only reason sexual assault occurs at the rate it does is because women “should have known better”. Bullshit.
The decision by the UC Regents to overwhelmingly approve (7 – 2) a plan to raise tuition over the next 5 years to $15,564 is absolutely infuriating. Why do the three UC chancellors get a 20% increase in their salary, when students now have to pay more for an education, even though education helps us give back to our society?
Melinda Gates’s dedication to empowering women and girls, while making them the center of development, is incredible progress in combatting global gender inequity. As Gates described, focusing on women and girls is necessary to not solely improve the lives of women and families, but communities, countries, and the world as a whole.
The faculty of UCLA College of Letters and Science narrowly approved the diversity requirement proposal with a vote of 332 to 303 on Friday, October 31. While many believe that the diversity requirement is a progressive and necessary action to take, others doubt its efficacy. Members of the FEM staff weighed in on the this issue and what it really means for the UCLA campus.