Students reclaim power at Take Back the Night 2021

Written By: Grace Carlo, Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This article contains mentions of sexual violence. As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, members of the Xavier community came together for last Friday’s Take Back the Night (TBtN) to stand up against sexual violence.  The first TBtN event happened in San Francisco in 1978. It has since become an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of stopping sexual violence.  Last Friday, Xavier conducted their own march, organized by the 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Planning Committee. This was the first Xavier TBtN to happen in three years.  Co-hosted … Continue reading Students reclaim power at Take Back the Night 2021

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Programs target prevention on campus

By: Emily Lingenfelter ~Staff Writer~ Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign brought to the Xavier community through a series of events sponsored by local clubs and organizations during the month of April. A key goal of the movement is to educate students about prevention measures for sexual violence. A study by Hill & Silva (2005) reported that nearly two-thirds of college students in the United States experience harassment, and less than 10 percent of the victims tell a college or university employee. According to Kate Lawson, Xavier’s Title IX Coordinator, limiting the problem is possible through dynamic … Continue reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month Programs target prevention on campus

‘It’s On Us’

By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~ Student Body President Colleen Reynolds has joined other student body presidents around the country in signing a letter advocating for improvement in handling sexual assault cases on college campuses. In an open letter released to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Feb. 23, Reynolds and 75 other student body presidents, representing more than 1.2 million students nationwide, outlined their concerns about the role of students on conduct boards that review sexual assault cases. Celia Right, student body president at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, started the initiative after learning about the failings … Continue reading ‘It’s On Us’