To Everyone Blaming Baylor For Jacob Anderson, It Happens At Your School, Too

To Everyone Blaming Baylor For Jacob Walter Anderson, It Happens At Your School, Too

You might want to check up on your own school.

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Listen, guys, I get it. I am just as frustrated as you about the Jacob Walter Anderson case. Probably even more so, honestly, because I go to Baylor.

You are so quick to assume that because Baylor has had a history of rape cases, that everyone on campus is an enabler somehow. Yeah. All 15,000 students at Baylor turn a blind eye to rape. It's asked on the application: "How do you feel about rape? If you don't at least let it slide, you probably shouldn't come here." It's definitely on everyone's minds 24/7, but OF COURSE not in that way.

Baylor is not the only school to have a rape issue.

It is an issue on almost every single college campus, including colleges like Yale University, Harvard University, Michigan State, and of course, the infamous Stanford swimmer case. In fact, you can Google basically any college followed by "rape" and a news article or some statistics are sure to come up!

University of Texas.

Rice University (which, apparently, doesn't take sexual assault very seriously).

Ohio State.

Are you starting to get my point? It's not just Baylor.

Of course, since Baylor had a huge scandal, they should look to the future as a means of setting the example of how to handle rape cases in the future. However, the outcome of Anderson's case was not decided by the school. It was Judge Ralph Strother that decided to be influenced by the collegiate connections, and now the rest of the school is suffering the consequences by having this horrible reputation.

However, we've seen this before. Brock Turner is still walking free. It's not about the college, or the religious affiliations, or any of that. When it comes down to it, credibly accused rapists are getting off because they are white men being judged by other white men, and that needs to change.

SEE ALSO: If You Assault A Woman, You Should Have To Face A Woman On The Bench, Too

One last thing: here's a list of all the reported rape cases in 2014. It's a lot, isn't it? While the text at the top says it's a good thing, which I can understand, you may want to try to find your school on this list and wonder how many cases they're covering up themselves.

It's not just Baylor, people. Your school is guilty, too.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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Campaigns To Participate In During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is sexual assault awareness month

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During sexual assault awareness month, and there are so many campaigns one can get involved in! Here are five of my very favorites.

1. Denim Day

Denim Day is a campaign that began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt and assumed that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped him remove them, thereby implying consent.

The next day, women in the Italian Parliament were so angry that they showed up to work the next day in jeans in solidarity with the victim. Ever since then, this campaign exploded with millions of participants each year. This year's date for Denim Day is April 24th, 2019!

Go get you denim guys and gals!

https://www.denimdayinfo.org/

2. It's On Us 

It's On Us was launched in September of 2014 as a national movement to end sexual assault. It's On Us is meant to engage everyone and asks everyone - parents, students, community leaders, companies, and organizations - to make a change and recognize that the conversation starts with us. It starts with our friends, our churches; government buildings, the workplace. We all have a part to play and a conversation to have.

https://www.itsonus.org/

3. Take Back The Night

Take Back The Night is the first worldwide effort to combat sexual violence and violence against women. The '70s brought the issue of violence against women to the forefront of demanding resources and safety for women. The Take Back The Night Foundation has helped communities plan many events, conferences, and they offer internships.

https://takebackthenight.org/

4. Red My Lips 

Red My Lips is an international nonprofit organization which raises visibility and awareness about the realities and the prevalence of sexual violence. They run an annual global awareness and action campaign where supporters rock red lipstick as a way to show solidarity with victims.

http://www.redmylips.org/

5. End Rape On Campus 

End Rape On Campus works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

https://endrapeoncampus.org/

No matter what, get involved. Whether that is within your community or on a federal level, get involved.

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