Trapped in a cage of silence

By: Eseoghene Obrimah ~Guest Writer~ “She has a nice a!$, but her face ruins it.” “You would make a good wife, but my kids can’t be skinny.” “It’s Adam and Eve, not Eve and Adam.” I usually stay silent when I hear these things. Some days I don’t speak up because I’m scared of being the only one who sees the problem. Some days it’s because I don’t want to play into the stereotype of the angry Black woman. Some days I’m too baffled by the fact that someone felt entitled enough to give their unsolicited judgment on my ability … Continue reading Trapped in a cage of silence

Title IX expands partnership

By: Erica Lampert ~Staff Writer~ Nationally, gender-based violence is severely underreported due to pervasive victim blaming, social stigmas, widespread misinformation and a lack of understanding of what constitutes gender-based violence and how it should be reported. Student reporting of gender-based violence on Xavier’s campus, however, continues to increase. The increase in reporting is due in part to the quality of services provided, and during the 2015-2016 academic year, Xavier received twice as many reports of acquaintance rape compared to the previous year. “This increase in reports means that Xavier students, faculty and staff are increasing their knowledge of these issues … Continue reading Title IX expands partnership

Sexual assault case prompts pushback

By: Hannah Sgambellone ~Staff Writer~ As a result of the Brock Turner controversy, there has been a push to raise awareness of sexual assault. However, additional campaigns advocating for the rights of those accused of committing sexual assault have popped up as well. Recently, a conservative nonprofit called Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) issued a proposal for the removal of university guidelines for rape and sexual assault, stating the specific guidelines infringe upon the rights of those accused of sexual assault. However, the FBI estimates that less than 10 percent of reported sexual assaults are false accusations. SAVE analyzed … Continue reading Sexual assault case prompts pushback