ASAP GIM on Monday, September 21st at 8:00 pm (Eaton 209)

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!

Results of the #TuftsTitleIX Rally

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.

Adding Verbal Consent to Famous Movie Sex Scenes

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6s4m8QE9B0

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.

Response to Open Letter from Tufts Administration

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 asaptufts@gmail.com or consentculturenetwork@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Open Letter

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/.

Surviving in Numbers

Last fall, photographer and rape crisis counselor Ali Safran began reaching out to Massachusetts area colleges with a simple but powerful idea to help survivors of sexual assault share their stories. The project, called Surviving in Numbers, gives survivors a platfrom to anonymously share their stories through the numbers stacked in their stories. This April, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the posters created by survivors are being displayed in the various campuses involved.

ASAP hosted Ali at Tufts for an afternoon two weekends ago, where several survivors shared their own stories. Posters from survivors at Tufts and other colleges are now being displayed at the Campus Center. Check out these photos, and the display itself:

Photos by Ali Safran.

The display will be up until Wednesday, April 17. See more at the Surviving in Numbers website, and read more coverage on Feministing and WBUR.

Kale and Consent

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault

Wondering what kale has to do with consent? Check out this new video from members of ASAP and the Tufts Consent Culture Network that looks at rape culture and victim-blaming:

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 spearheading this project, to Stephen Goeman and Bruce Bausk for starring, to Kumar Ramanathan and Leah Muskin-Pierret for behind-the-scenes support, and to Danny Foster for cooking absolutely delicious kale.