Know Your IX is an ambitious campaign led by rape culture combatants at universities across the country. This impressive group of gals has now finished the fundraising portion and is planning to launch its educational campaign in August.
At a time when so many colleges are failing to give victims the support/justice they deserve, it’s crucial that students know what legal options they have when they’re backed against the wall by administrators.
The “Reporting on Sexual Violence” course costs $29.95 but is being offered for free, thanks to a grant from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As a journalism major and former reporter, I can’t stress enough how important this is — so many times in newsrooms, it seems like both writers and editors have no idea how to tackle the very complex issue of rape.
Poynter gets that. Check out this excerpt from the training:
This news is a bit old, but good news is so rare in our work that I thought it would be a good place to start. Full disclaimer: I wrote the proposal for this pilot program and worked very closely on it, so take my reporting with a grain of salt.
Starting in fall 2013, about 30 percent of UMD’s freshman class will be required to attend a Violence Intervention Program (VIP) workshop by the university’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program, according to UMD’s student paper, The Diamondback. The 75-minute-long workshop will heavily on bystander intervention, giving students the tools to be positive bystanders and actively fight sexual violence on the campus.