I’ve gotten a lot of mixed feedback about the posters and chalking from various individuals and groups. For every person who is excited about the campaign, there’s another who’s infuriated. Somehow, the chalked message “Rape happens here” someone wrote outside the GIAC became “rap happens here.” Well, yes, but…
I know some people feel like this is a personal attack or that they’re being targeted, but that’s not how it was intended. In essence, everyone is a target because this is everyone’s issue. So, if you feel singled out by the campaign, take solace in the fact that every dorm, in fact every building on campus, was covered in flyers.
Rape and sexual assault happen at Haverford because, unfortunately, they happen everywhere. Rape culture is a pervasive reality that, like it or not, Haverford has not escaped. Perhaps specs don’t want to think about this when they’re touring our beautiful campus, but they should. This isn’t a negative message; it’s a message of hope for change. We shouldn’t–we can’t–pretend that rape and sexual assault don’t happen here. Only by acknowledging the problem can we begin to change it.
So let’s burst the Haverbubble. Rape happens here and it isn’t going to stop happening if we are unwilling to acknowledge it. It’s time to rise to the challenge, Haverford.