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Thursday, December 15, 2011

"If you could rape anyone who would it be?"

The above was on a questionnaire created by and for frat boys at the University of Vermont.

This egregious expression of rape culture is only the most recent example
of systemic sexism at UVM. The past year alone has witnessed rape, multiple sexual assaults, and anti-abortion chalking in public spaces. While the university administration has laid off long-time Women's and Gender Studies faculty and supported sexist institutions like Sigma Phi Epsilon, it has refused to take concerted action to combat sexism and rape culture. We
demand that instead of diverting resources into vast salaries for its
administrators, UVM should launch an aggressive campaign against sexism and rape culture, and it should expand institutions such as Women's and Gender Studies and the Women's Center at UVM. Furthermore, UVM must immediately disband Sigma Phi Epsilon. An institution that discusses who it wants to rape has no place at UVM or in the Burlington community.


 Please take a minute to sign this petition towards ending rape culture and holding these misogynistic males and university responsible!  

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this, Dirt. I attend UVM, and while I know rape culture is pervasive and problematic everywhere, but that really hit home and allowed me to truly see how problematic rape culture is. I'm active in student efforts to abolish the chapter and appreciate your bringing this to others' attention.

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