Meet an SMA: Nathan Durham ’17

The Thrill spotlights a Sexual Misconduct Advisor regularly to raise awareness about the resources available to survivors of sexual assault. Remember, the SMAs are subordinate to the Counseling Center, so anything you tell them is kept confidential. They also have an anonymous hotline you can call if you need assistance: 740-358-1544. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help. Today, we’re featuring Nathan Durham, a  Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies double major, from Atlanta, Georgia.

Durham '17, center

Durham ’17, center

 

Cookie pie or giant cookie?

Giant cookie covered with that fancy strawberry ice cream.

What’s the best meal you ever had?

Taco Bell’s “Five Dollar Box” never disappoints.

What’s the last good book you read?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

What’s your favorite part about your hometown?

I miss southern cooking more than anything else.

Favorite napping spot on campus?

The big comfy chairs on the third floor, Chalmers side.

What movie have you watched the most frequently?

I’ve probably seen every Harry Potter movie upwards of fifty times.

Why did you become an SMA?

The SMA program provides survivors of sexual assault and misconduct with a peer counseling resource, which can be very valuable in situations like these. People often don’t report sexual misconduct because they are afraid and embarrassed, and it’s difficult to carry around so much shame and then to relay that information to a bureaucrat in the administration OR a counselor/clergy/medical professional who may still represent some type of institutional recognition that many just aren’t ready or prepared for. I became an SMA because I want to see sexual violence on college campuses eradicated, and I want to advocate for survivors. I also know that male survivors of sexual misconduct may be more likely to seek help if there are male students who they know will approach the situation with sensitivity, confidentiality, and validation.
This is a really important job and I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to help others and inspire change on campus and in society in general.

 

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