Claim our bodies, claim our right,
Take a stand, take back the night!
Across the globe, the month of April is a time for communities to mobilize Take Back the Night rallies, Clothesline Project demonstrations, anti-violence marches, speak-outs and fundraisers. Their slogans reflect a continued call for a safer world during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
However, despite decades of research, activism, and policy efforts, there is little evidence to suggest that rates of sexual assault are decreasing. In particular, campus sexual violence has emerged as a threat to the health and well-being of college-aged women, a trend that affects all of us at a societal level.
As an anthropologist, my goal in examining cultural practices is to make the strange familiar- and the familiar strange. And campus sexual violence is a phenomenon that has become uncomfortably familiar.
Working from the central tenets of anthropology- understanding cultural systems holistically with attention…
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