For The Statesman’s annual Sex and Relationships Issue, we decided to highlight the #MeToo movement and join the national conversation that is bringing awareness to the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in society today.
Stony Brook students join national conversation on sexual assault
Mary Bertschi, Michelle Fasano, Jessica Klassert and Ian Passe reflect on #MeToo and join the national conversation that is bringing awareness to the prevalence of sexualassault and harassment in our society today. Watch the video.
In light of #MeToo, female faculty at SBU grapple with a history of harassment in higher education
The #MeToo movement has brought to light thousands of stories like these in recent months. And like women across the nation and the world who are now speaking out, female faculty members at Stony Brook University agree that it is time to reject the mindset that sexual harassment is just another thing women in the workplace have to deal with. Read the story.
#MeToo helped me too
The #MeToo movement wasn’t necessarily fought for me, but I owe every silence breaker an unpayable debt of gratitude. They made me realize consent is a black and white issue, that there are no excuses for mitigating the fact that I was molested. Their bravery made me realize that maybe – just maybe – I have a part to play here too. Read the story.
Stony Brook needs to reaffirm its commitment to gender equality
Fighting for gender equality means actively and vocally working to take down systems that create inequality. And if there was ever a time that was needed, it would be right now. The #MeToo movement is a part of building the gender-equal world that the HeForShe campaign fights for, yet the Stony Brook administration has remained silent as the movement has grown. Read the story.
When consent is blurred
Gay culture at times can be very unsafe, especially through dating apps like Grindr. You meet strangers in their homes, sometimes in the middle of the night. Drugs and alcohol are also often involved in such meetings, and you truly do not know if the person will stick to preconceived arrangements, if any were made. Read the story.
Girls just want to have fun without worrying about guys
I’m sick of the common narrative that girls who get harassed at bars or college parties were asking for it, or were too drunk to recall what happened. You see, I am 24 years old and I do not drink or smoke. I have never been at a college party intoxicated nor at a bar wasted, yet I have been inappropriately touched and harassed. Read the story.