“We all have roles to play in preventing [sexual violence]. Through better education and awareness training for our young women. Through improved mentorship and socialization for our boys and young men. Through the empowerment of bystanders to recognize dangerous situations to speak up. Through improved survivor support services, and more victim-centered incident intake and justice response policies on our campuses.”
“We’re going to work with colleges and universities and educational institutions of all kinds across America to help them come up with better ways to prevent and respond to sexual assault on their campuses… and then we’re going to help them put those plans into practice.”
**** Please sign our petition at Change.org to pressure the University of Oregon to send a cease and desist letter to teespring.com.
Rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women and men is normalized and excused through various media slogans and references.
“She wants the D” references a series of memes that justify men’s sexual advances, most of the time nonconsensual, on women. This slogan and its use to celebrate UO’s atmosphere is a symptom of what feminists have called rape culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence — thus creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.
How we can demand respect for women at UO
- Hold people and institutions accountable for using language that objectifies or degrades women. You can sign our change.org petition to send a message to UO’s director of licensing and brand management the message that UO students, alumni, and fans do not support the use of UO’s image in supporting rape culture.
- Speak out against trivializations of rape that you hear about on campus, whether it be bad jokes, campaign rhetoric, or marketing slogans.
*** Adapted from Marshall University’s tips and information on rape culture
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