TW - sexual violence
On Tuesday, March 9, 2016, we did a petition drop to give Dean Kromm a copy of our petition asking her to apologize for her comments excusing perpetrators and endorse our SAAFE campus demands. Today, Dean Kromm issued a statement in the Columbia Daily Spectator clarifying her comments.
We commend Dean Kromm for both coming out of her office to hear us read our demands and taking the time to write a statement in response, but we also want to reaffirm our stance that sexual violence of all forms can have equally significant impacts on survivors. We do not think certain forms of sexual assault are necessarily more “severe” or worthy of being addressed than others.
We hope that Dean Kromm will come out in support of banning all students found responsible for Gender-Based Misconduct from being Orientation Leaders and TAs. Anyone who violates someone else’s personal space has no place being a guide for incoming students, a job that requires a heightened sense of personal boundaries and leadership, nor in charge of determining students’ grades.
We also hope Dean Kromm will support survivor-centric policies, like our SAAFE campus demands, that will greatly improve the safety of students on campus.