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Well we were just mentioned In the Capital so I guess our hiatus is over. Thanks for the article!
As promised, we’re taking a stance on some of the issues that our anonymouses (anonymi?) have brought up. Here it is.
Your thoughts, as we understand them, are as follows:
It’s been said that this page and movement in general is using EI as a scapegoat, and what we should really be doing is focusing on all fraternities and all students on this campus. It’s been suggested by multiple individuals that if we were to look at any fraternity thread (many of which have allegedly been deleted throughout the course of Fratergate) we would find similar speech, indicating that these thoughts and views are pervasive not only within EI, but throughout “average” student body.
Other individuals have suggested that only EI is to blame, and given that they are not an organization recognized by AU, we should stop calling them a “fraternity” and referring to them as being included in “Greek life.” These individuals believe that extending the problem to all fraternities by encouraging mandatory sexual assault prevention education for fraternities and other organizations on campus is merely making a blanket statement about all fraternities when they are not all to blame.
Here is our view:
Think about it like one of those Russian Dolls or a Gobstopper. We’re starting from the inner most bit.
1. Rape and rape culture exist within EI. Some members espoused these and other homophobic and racist views in the leaked emails (the catalyst for this entire movement). We do not claim to read the minds of all EI members and say that they all think this way.
2. Next layer: rape and rape culture exist within fraternities and sororities at American University. Not all members of Greek life perpetrate acts of sexual violence, nor perpetuate rape culture, but some do.
3. Overarching that: rape and rape culture exist on American University’s campus in clubs, dorms, etc. Not all students perpetrate acts of sexual violence, nor perpetuate rape culture, but some do.
4. The final shell: rape and rape culture exist in our greater community and society. Not all people perpetrate acts of sexual violence, nor perpetuate rape culture, but some do.
That’s the reality of the situation. We are not blaming all Greek life (recognized and unrecognized) of being rapists. Nor will we limit our proposed changes only to EI, for the problem is far more pervasive than that. The problem “is and it isn’t” everywhere. Education plays a huge role in beginning to prevent the perpetuation of rape culture, and some of our goals are to provide mandatory sexual assault prevention education to Greek organizations AND other student organizations on campus, with the long term hope that ALL students will have to participate in said education.
We like to think about this situation without borders. Rape culture is not something you support or don’t support, it’s something that exists and that is perpetuated both through lack of education and through blatantly offensive views. Thoughts, words, and actions perpetuate it. Ranging from excerpts of EI emails to simple things like, “I’m not blaming her, but she shouldn’t have had that much to drink and worn that outfit,” perpetuate this culture.
We are not the thought police, we cannot, nor do we want to, censor the things that people think, which is why we have published everything. What we do want is to educate people and raise awareness that this pervasive rape culture MUST be changed. Fratergate exposes the physical and current manifestation of this culture, and it is the forum in which we can create concrete change right now by opening the discussion.
We have to maintain the visibility of this issue.
We will not be silent.