The start of the school year and the recent conviction and sentencing of Owen Labrie to two years’ probation for sexually assaulting 15-year-old Chessy Trout make it particularly important to get out messages about sexual assault on high school and college campuses. As students across the country head back to school, the words of Jenna Schulman, our youth blogger, are an important reminder. I have the right to say no.” Thanks to Chessy Prout, I have learned the power these words hold. The perpetrator, Owen Labrie, was convicted on charges of misdemeanor sexual assault and felony use of a computer.
“I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed anymore, and I never should have been,” she said, her family flanking her. Although she was anonymous to the public, she testified at trial and experienced the victim-blaming so many victims of sexual assault have to face.
“It’s been two years now since the whole ordeal, and I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me and make sure other people, other girls and boys, don’t need to be ashamed, either.” Chessy is now 17 years old. Now as she speaks publicly, she demonstrates that same bravery. Her message is an important one, and I am so thankful to her for continuing the conversation so publicly about preventing sexual assault in high school.
“I want other people to feel empowered and just strong enough to be able to say, ‘I have the right to my body. She took the our generation’s important communication tool, Twitter, to launch the #IHave The Right To campaign with the hope that more people will be public with their stories.
(Click here to watch a video about the campaign.) When you are robbed of a possession, society does not (usually) condemn you, the victim, by proclaiming “you asked for it.” But that is just what Chessy has had to endure.
Spend 10 minutes on the internet and you will find numerous, cruel messages accusing her of being a “slut” (and worse! Why are victims of personal property crimes treated better than victims who sustain crimes to their bodies? We all have the right to say “no.” Chessy understands this and is working to ensure that other kids, like me, do, too.
With the grand jury non-indictment of the police killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, Asian Americans across the country have been on the streets expressing our solidarity and having the deep and necessary conversations in our community.
From San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles to Madison, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence and DC, Asian Americans have been showing up and busting up the “model minority,” which is used to maintain white supremacy, anti-blackness and capitalism. We compiled the statements and articles on Asian Americans in solidarity with #Black Lives Matter as a resource and tool for activists and organizers.
Thank you to Ellen Choy and Christine Cordero for the suggestion to do this and helping us compile this list. Please send us any statements or resources that we have missed.
We plan to keep this up-to-date as much as possible.
NCCPA Revises Potential Changes to the PA Recertification Exam September 19, 2016 NCCPA advised AAPA, PAEA and ARC-PA at our meeting in Atlanta on September 6 that it is considering an alternative to its previous proposal for recertification testing.
NCCPA did not ask the organizations present to endorse its proposal, nor did we offer to do so.