A Call for Systemic Change: Prevention Programming, Alcohol, and College Culture

Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault. 

This is an opinion piece, all views expressed within it are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Thrill.

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This week’s Title IX discussion has largely focused on the deficiencies of both Kenyon’s sexual misconduct policy and the legislation itself. While we’re making important strides in these conversations, we need to focus more efforts on the area where we, the students, can affect perhaps the most significant change: prevention programming.  Continue reading

Changes in Administration Need Leadership, Not Equivocation

*Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault* 

This post was guest authored by Charlie Collison ’15, a former SMA. 

Like many of my fellow and former classmates, this week’s events continue to make a huge impression upon me as a recent graduate, as the sibling of a current Kenyon student and friend to many others, and as a former Sexual Misconduct Advisor. The purpose of my writing is to share information from my experience as an SMA that individuals may find useful as Kenyon’s community calls to improve the college’s policies and procedures. Continue reading

Breaking: College Issues Safety Alert After Report of Sexual Assault

At 1:52 a.m. Kenyon issued a safety alert to its students via email, text, and phone. The email reads,

The Campus Safety Office received a report indicating that a female resident of Mather Hall was the victim of sexual misconduct in her residence hall room between 8-8:45 pm on Saturday, April 31, 2016.

The suspect, whose identity is unknown, is described as 6 feet tall, with a thin build, blonde hair and wearing khaki pants, a navy v-neck shirt and New Balance sneakers.

You are advised to remain aware of your surroundings at all times, lock your residence hall room door, report any suspicious activity or individuals to Campus Safety immediately, and trust your instincts.

If you have any information whatsoever about this incident, please contact Campus Safety at 740-427-5555.  You may also provide anonymous information on the Rave Guardian app.

Support for students is available through campus resources including the Counseling Center, Sexual Misconduct Advisers, Peer Counselors, Residence Hall staff members, the Dean of Students Office, campus chaplains  and the Civil Rights/Title IX Office.

We are issuing this Timely Warning in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

**Timely warnings are triggered when the campus determines that a Clery related crime presents a serious and/or continuing threat to students and employees, such as a murder, sex offense or robbery. This determination would be made by officials who should be pre-identified in the annual Clery Act report.

Counseling Center: 740-427-5643 Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: What You Need to Know About the Title IX Forum

cw: This article discusses sexual assault.

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Thursday at 4:15 p.m. counselor Nicki Keller, Title IX Coordinator Andrea Goldblum, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Linda Smolak, next year’s Interim Title IX Coordinator Sam Hughes, and the Sexual Misconduct Advisors facilitated a somewhat tense Title IX forum in Gund Gallery’s Community Theater.

Keller kicked off the conversation by outlining the objectives for the discussion:  Continue reading

Project Open Voices: Why I Am Happy The Man Who Raped Me Still Has Female Friends

In honor of Take Back The Night, The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of Project Open Voices, a coalition of students providing a platform for open dialogue on campus. Today’s essay is titled “Why I Am Happy The Man Who Raped Me Still Has Female Friends” and was authored anonymously. If you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit by signing into a second email account: projectopenvoices@gmail.com (password: kenyoncollege).

Trigger Warning: This piece contains graphic depictions of rape and sexual misconduct.  Continue reading