Teach In about Title IX and the History of Anti-Rape Culture Activism at Harvard

Teach In about Title IX and the History of Anti-Rape Culture Activism at Harvard

There is a lot of energy on campus right now to take action, following a survivor’s account of university indifference and retaliation. Let’s begin to direct our energy to impactful action by first learning about Title IX and the history of student activism against rape culture at Harvard. Join us next Wednesday at 4pm in Boylston 103! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/561184383996105/


Survivors Are Not a Liability: our demands

Survivors Are Not a Liability: our demands

1. Standardize the informal process through which survivors can seek academic, residential, and extracurricular accommodations 

2. Ad Board must adhere to Title IX standards in order to provide an expedient decision-making process for survivors.

3. University employees, including faculty, residential staff, and administrators, must undergo thorough training about Title IX.  


A first hand account of sexual assault at Harvard

A first hand account of sexual assault at Harvard

Harvard, how long will you wait out for survivors to graduate or get exhausted instead of being accountable to your students and Title IX standards?


[Crimson] A Job Well Done, More To Do

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/10/4/osl-rankin-director/

“It is also our hope that the new director focus intensely on advocating for sexual assault policy change. Our Harvard Can Do Better a student campaign for sexual assault policy reform received overwhelming support for its policy demands in a student referendum last year. Among those demands are a policy of affirmative consent, clarifying the meaning of mental incapacitation, and offering comprehensive and inclusive sexual assault prevention and response training every year. The group also calls for more transparency in the administration and for clearer language that includes the LGBTQ-identifying community. These commonsense reforms have been implemented at a number of peer colleges, and they will go a long way toward creating safe social environments.

A standard of affirmative consent in particular is a change that would be critical in helping students to have more power in prosecuting assailants and in creating cultural change on campus. Despite the successes of the Our Harvard Can Do Better campaign, students have thus far lacked a strong ally in OSAPR who is willing to push for their demands. We hope that OSAPR’s new director can become that ally, and that he or she does not shy away from advocating for reform to administrators.

We salute the outstanding work that Sarah Rankin has accomplished in her seven years as OSAPR director. With a greater focus on policy reform, OSAPR can become an even stronger ally for sexual assault survivors and students working to effect change.”


OSAPR job opening!

OSAPR job opening!

Duties & Responsibilities

Manages and evaluates the design, development, and coordination of sexual assault and dating violence education programs with emphasis on freshmen education efforts as well as upper class and student leader-targeted programs. Recruits, trains, and supervises peer educators to conduct educational workshops with undergraduates; facilitates educational workshops as needed. Implements general interest educational opportunities for the College. Designs, produces and creates educational and outreach materials on sexual assault and dating violence prevention for the College. Develops and administers office website. Performs a broad range of administrative support responsibilities including overseeing leases and maintenance of office equipment, processing student payroll, and ordering office supplies. Participates in university and community committees and task forces as needed. Acts as liaison with the community, students, and staff in facilitating university programs. Assists the Director in developing objectives and activities based on departmental goals. Prepares administrative reports documenting outreach and prevention efforts; analyzes data for predicting resource needs and assists the Director in developing long range education and outreach plans; assists with the development of long- and short-range office goals. Provides individual support and assistance as needed for students who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence. Occasional on-call coverage of after-hours crisis response pager system. Other duties as required. This position reports to the Director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.

Basic Qualifications

BA/BS 1-3 years experience in sexual assault education, risk and prevention strategies, health education, counseling or related field.  

Additional Qualifications

Master’s Degree preferred; the successful candidate will have experience developing and implementing violence prevention and education programs targeting young adults. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion, and ability to work effectively with student, faculty and administrative constituencies required.

Additional Information

This is a full-time position 48 weeks per year. Will be off the month of June annually. This position also requires significant evening work; flexible schedule negotiable.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Harvard

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR), along with a variety of exciting and supportive sponsors, has some fascinating discussions and events lined up! Please see below for individual events!!!! [Facebook event page]

April 1st @ 8pm – Sever 113
Dr. David Lisak–“Inside the Mind of a College Rapist”
Join Dr David Lisak, author of “The Undetected Rapist,” as he discusses the characteristics and behaviors of college rapists and how these insights can help prevent rape at Harvard.
Co-sponsored by HMAR

April 5th @ 7pm – Cabot SCR
“Reading the signs: A Dating Workshop”
Ever wondered… How do I meet somebody? How do I start a conversation? How can I tell if they like me? How do I ask them out? Come find out at this funny and interactive workshop!
Co-sponsored by Cabot SASH and the BGLTQ Office

April 7th @5-7pm – Ticknor Lounge
TBTN Kickoff – featuring great food, music, spoken word performances, and information about resources and ending sexual violence on campus.

April 8th @ 8pm – Sever 310
“It Was Rape” – A powerful new documentary by Jennifer Baumgardner which highlights the stories of a wide variety of women survivors.
Co-sponsored by Pleiades, Seneca, Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha
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April 10th @ Stop by between 6-8pm – Ticknor Lounge
“Project Unbreakable”–The creator of this breakthrough photographic project will discuss her work and display some photo stories. Snacks provided
Co-sponsored by Response
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April 15th @ 8pm – Sever 310
“The Invisible War”–The academy award nominated documentary on Sexual Assault and Women in the Military. With special guest commentator, Duane De Four, consultant to the US Military, educator and creator of the blog “HowManly”
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April 16th @ 7-8:30pm – PBHA Parlor Room
“Blame it on the Alcohol?” Join OSAPR staff for a lively discussion about sex, booze and enthusiastic consent. Snacks Provided
Co-sponsored by DAPA
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April 17th @ 8pm – Sever 310
Join Boston’s GBLTQ Domestic Violence Program for a workshop on Intimate Partner Violence in GBLTQ communities. Desserts Provided
Co-sponsored by the BGLTQ Office and TTF

April 18th @ 4pm – Location TBA
“With a little help from our friends” – How can you combat rape culture via interpersonal relationships?
Co-sponsored by HCWC

April 22nd @ 8pm – Sever 310
“Consent and Negotiation” Join members of Munch to talk about how to set safe sexual boundaries and get what you want out of your sex life. Snacks provided
Co-sponsored by Munch and the BGLTQ Office

April 23rd @6-8pm – PBHA Parlor Room
“Neurobiology of Sexual Assault Trauma and Implications for Supporting Survivors” Presented by Dr. James Hopper. Dinner provided. RSVP required.

April 24th @ 8pm – Steps of Memorial Church
Harvard’s Annual Candlelight Vigil and Speak Out
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It’s also on Feministing!

The Crimson article is ALSO on Feministing!!!

Harvard’s student paper, the Crimson, has published a story detailing the concerns of survivors of sexual violence on the school’s Cambridge campus. The piece includes a nowalltoofamiliarnarrative of opaque disciplinary procedures, widespread denial, and victims who found nothing more than shame and alienation from the boards set-up to respond to their complaints.

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