Professors Organize to Support survivors, Faculty Against Rape (FAR)

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I have a new piece up at the Huffington Post today about the launch of Faculty Against Rape (FAR), a new national organization. 

FAR’s three main goals include developing resources for faculty to better serve survivors, helping faculty who want to be part of the anti-rape movement organize on campus, and providing strategy and legal resources for faculty who are retaliated against by administrations.

Beyond how-to guides for filing Title IX and Clery Act complaints, the site also includes classroom resources such as articles about professor experiences with students who disclose sexual assaults, and a sexual violence response guide. An anti-sexual misconduct toolkit contains links to activities for supporting classroom discussions about assault, tips on presenting sexual violence issues to students, background information, statistics, and more.

National Issue, Local Politics, Same Police Brutality

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Thinking about Mike Brown and what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri.

This is a national issue, but if you’re also curious about local profiling politics in MO, the St. Louis Dispatch Editorial Board wrote this yesterday:

“Last year, for the 11th time in the 14 years that data has been collected, the disparity index that measures potential racial profiling by law enforcement in the state got worse. Black Missourians were 66 percent more likely in 2013 to be stopped by police, and blacks and Hispanics were both more likely to be searched, even though the likelihood of finding contraband was higher among whites….

…Those statistics don’t prove racial profiling. But those numbers plus a dead young man in the street make a strong case for deserving a closer look.”