ASAP is Action for Sexual Assault Prevention, a group of Tufts students working towards raising awareness of and ending sexual assault and rape culture on our campus, and promoting a culture of consent. We do this through awareness campaigns around campus, supporting survivors, and working for institutional change.
Come join us to learn more about what we do and get involved. There will be pizza!
For a summary of the events leading up to the #TuftsTitleIX rally on May 1, read our explainer document. More details about the event itself can be found on its Facebook event page.
Wondering what the rally was like? You’re in luck! We are very grateful to Robert Costa for capturing the events on video and compiling them here:
And finally, you can read the joint statement that arose after six hours of negotiations between student representatives and administration representatives here.
In response to our Open Letter from last April, the President’s office created the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Task Force. The results after a year of work are found in the progress report below, which can also be downloaded or read directly here.
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Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault
Have you ever noticed how sex scenes in movies seem to skip over verbal consent? We certainly did. The lack of verbal consent in our popular culture leads to misconceptions and myths about consent, contributing to a wider societal rape culture. We decided to do something to try and fix the way famous movies deal with consent:
We would love to hear your thoughts! If you have something you want to share, leave a comment on YouTube or on this post.
Special thanks to Nate Matthews for directing this project.
ASAP and Tufts QSA recently worked together to line the steps commonly known as “The Rape Steps” with rainbow-colored bricks. We ask all members of the Tufts community to join us in dropping this triggering and trivializing name.
Read more about why we think the name should be changed here, and what the process behind the bricks was here!
We’re launching a new campaign to raise awareness of slut-shaming and challenge people to stop using slut-shaming language. TULS stands for “Tufts Undoing the Language of Shaming,” and we’re challenging people to think critically before using words like “slut”, “whore”, and “bitch”.
Be sure to check out our op-ed, “Think Before You Shame,” launching the campaign, excerpted below:
The words “slut,” “bitch” and “whore” have become normalized into our vocabulary and therefore justified as fair game. I try my hardest not to say these words, and I also try to call out people who do. But that is not an easy task. So many people use the words in a casual or joking way: “That dress looks kinda slutty.” “You’re so rude, don’t be a bitch.”“Haha, you hooked up with three people that night? You’re such a whore.” I want to make people aware of how harmful their seemingly benign words can be.
There are four ways these words are harmful. First, they cause us to objectify and have less respect for the bodies and feelings of those labeled with these terms. Second, they make people ashamed of their sexuality. Third, when someone uses these words, it can be a sign that they might be violent in the future, but since these words are accepted as normal, we often fail to notice those signs. Fourth, they can be triggers for survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence, mentally bringing them back to the moment of the traumatic event.
We hope that everyone participating in the TULS campaign gets something out of it. The goal is not to stop people from using three words for one week so that they can start up again right after. On the contrary, this is designed to get you thinking about how and why we use these words. You never know whom you may be affecting by your use of shaming language, even if that was not your intention. We encourage everyone to take on our challenge.
Do you have any observations or experiences you’d like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
As we posted earlier, the Tufts administration responded to our Open Letter last month. Several of the initial signatories replied in a letter recently, which we have posted below. We invite all Tufts students to join the effort in the Fall, whether in the working group or in any other form. As always, comment here, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to get more involved. Thank you!
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Thank you to everyone who has signed or shared our Open Letter on Institutional & Policy Reform in the past few weeks. A week ago, members of the Tufts administration directly addressed in the Letter sent the seven initial signatories a response, and we felt that we should share it openly in the spirit of transparency and open conversation. We apologize for the delay. If you would like anything to be included in the response we send, please leave a comment here, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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Members of ASAP, the Consent Culture Network, and other concerned students recently submitted an Open Letter to various members of the Tufts administration. We invite the Tufts community at large to check out what we’ve been doing and participate in the effort.
Our overview op-ed: “Tufts Must Defend Survivors’ Dignity in Policy and Practice.”
The Open Letter itself, with details on signing: tuftsasap.org/campaigns/open-letter/.