We work to end sexual and domestic violence in our campus communities because we envision a world free of violence and oppression.
We fight to end sexual and domestic violence on college campuses and empower survivors. We use direct action to push for improved policies on campus and beyond; we create education programs to prevent violence and eradicate rape culture; and we provide direct support and resources for survivors of all identities.
We affirm and actively support every survivors’ right to seek justice and healing in the way that they choose. The work we do is always centered in the needs and experiences of survivors themselves.
We recognize that sexual violence is a manifestation of systemic gender oppression, which cannot be separated from all other forms of oppression, including but definitely not limited to racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism. The experiences of survivors are shaped by their individual identity and these connected systems of oppression. We also recognize that institutions play a central role in enabling these systems of violence and oppression.
We recognize that people of all gender identities can experience and be affected by sexual and domestic violence, and we strive to challenge narrow and inaccurate representations of what assault looks like. We also acknowledge that these forms of violence disproportionately affect women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people. With this understanding we work to ensure access to inclusive policies and resources.
We engage in direct action to challenge the silencing of survivors and pressure the administration to act on our needs. Through direct action, we are exposing the violence our institution and larger society normalizes.
We seek to foster transparency around issues of sexual violence because we believe that a bottom up approach to building power is the only way to achieve justice.
We recognize our privilege as members of the Columbia University community, including the national media attention that is disproportionately afforded to us. We hold ourselves accountable to the responsibility this carries and in line with our broader goal of ending oppression, we work to amplify and support the voices and work of groups often marginalized in public conversations around sexual violence.
- We stand for democratic decision making and an organizational structure that does not reinforce or replicate oppressive systems of power.