Key figures from ‘The Hunting Ground’ promote activism and awareness

first_imgAndrea Pino and Annie Clark, co-founders of End Rape on Campus (EROC) and featured figures in “The Hunting Ground” — a documentary released this past spring that highlights the issues of sexual assault on college campuses — gave a presentation called “A Culture of Commitment: Everyday Activism and Supporting All Survivors” at Saint Mary’s on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Pino and Clark began their talk with a moment of silence in honor of all those who have lost their lives as a result of sexual assault, including Saint Mary’s student Lizzy Seeberg, who committed suicide five years ago Thursday. Both women then shared their personal stories of sexual assault.Clark said she was sexually assaulted by a stranger. She said despite the common misconception that most rapists are strangers, her case is actually rare and most sexual assaults are committed by people close to the survivor.Clark said she decided to seek resources to help her, not for adjudication, but for personal healing and well-being. She said she was blamed for her assault and was told to look back and see what she did wrong and what she could have done to prevent it. Clark said this led her to start a program for survivors to report assaults anonymously and to seek help. Unlike Clark, Pino said she was assaulted by someone she knew. She said she was involved in educational programs on the issue of sexual assault and believed she knew how to handle cases properly until it happened to her.“I thought I knew what my resources were, and I thought I knew what the signs were,” Pino said. “But I didn’t when it came to me because it’s not what we think it is. It’s not strangers. Sometimes it is a person who could also get your degree. Sometimes it is a person in your class.”Pino said she reported through the system that Clark had created, and this showed her she could help better the way campus sexual assault is handled even as a student.“I still wear my UNC class ring,” Pino said. “To us, being Tar Heels meant holding our school accountable. It meant that we had to push for a better Carolina because the Carolina way could not be the Carolina way if students were being assaulted and not graduating.”However, Clark said it can be difficult to effect change because of resistance from university administrations.“A lot of time, administrations are scared,” Clark said. “Really, what we want to do is make sure that everyone knows their rights, that you’re working with your administration. Because if you love something, you have to hold it accountable, which is what we were trying to do.”Clark also said the problem of sexual assault is not confined to any one college, but rather is characteristic of campuses across the United States.“This isn’t a one-campus problem. UNC is actually a microcosm of a national epidemic,” Clark said. “It’s not just Harvard or Yale or Notre Dame or UNC. It’s actually the same thing everywhere, and we need to do something about it.”They then went into detail about the legal proceedings regarding campus sexual assault. They said Title IX gives students access to equal education, which covers sexual assault because those incidents impede survivors from receiving equal education. The Clery Act is another important piece of legislation that requires universities to report on-campus crimes and send timely warnings to students, they said.They said the Campus Save Act also requires campuses to report crimes in addition to including an adjudication process for interpersonal violence and stalking. Finally, they talked about the Title II act, which grants survivors access to resources if they suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological problems after their assault.The two women went on to talk about what students can do to participate in activism pertaining to sexual assault on campuses. “There needs to be some clear, outlined understanding of procedures between Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross,” Clark said. “That just needs to happen because students are so transient among those three campuses. Also, I would find allies … and work with them on these issues.”“What we call ‘Everyday Activism’ is the radical notion that everyone can play a part in ending violence and oppression by resisting rape culture, supporting survivors and challenging our institutions,” Pino said.She said it means not only challenging schools but also challenging other institutions such as the criminal justice system and the overall society that sees women as disposable objects. Students can partake in this activism, Clark said. She said self-care and self-preservation are important as a particular form of activism. Both she and Pino said believing survivors and making sure survivors knows that they are not alone is crucial to addressing the problem.“Believing survivors is radical,” Pino said. “It seems to be the only crime in which no one is believed; It’s always alleged. It seems as if sexual assault never happens. Really, believing survivors, sharing the stories, believing those who come forward — that itself is radical. … We need to hold others accountable.“When someone comes forward and tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted the first thing you should say to them is you believe them, the second thing you should say is they’re not alone and the last thing you should say is it’s not their fault. These are oftentimes the three things survivors never hear.”Tags: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, sexual assault, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

Stay home, President says

first_imgJokowi said that while Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi had tested positive for the virus, the rest of the Cabinet had already been tested for COVID-19 earlier on Sunday morning.Jokowi said he would have himself tested for COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.Read also: Where in the world was Indonesian minister before announced as COVID-19 positive?“I ask all the people of Indonesia to stay calm, not to panic, to stay productive and to be more alert, so that we can slow down and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said the President who was receiving test hours after making the speech.Jokowi’s speech came as public and international concerns grew over whether the Indonesian government had been doing enough to prevent a sustained community transmission of the highly contagious disease.Regional heads in a number of areas — including Jakarta, Banten and West Java — have decided to temporarily close schools and public areas in an effort to contain the coronavirus. They have also called on the government to allow them to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to isolate infected people and prevent a wider contagion.In a letter, World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Jokowi to scale up the country’s emergency response mechanisms for containing the COVID-19 outbreak by, among other things, declaring a national state of emergency.Tedros said the agency had “seen undetected or under-detected cases at the early stages of the outbreak [which] result in significant increases in cases and deaths in some countries” and asked Indonesia to intensify case finding, contact tracing, monitoring, quarantine of contacts and isolation of cases.Read also: COVID-19: WHO urges Jokowi to declare national emergencyMembers of the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum (YSF) have also sent a letter to the Office of the Presidential Staff asking the government to impose a lockdown on several areas.“We recommend a lockdown for regions that have seen confirmed cases double within a day,” Fenny Dwivanily, a molecular biologist at the Bandung Institute of Technology and a member of the YSF, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The scientists said the government might have missed the chance to contain the virus by failing to detect, test and isolate the first suspected patients in time. One indicator for that was that the government did not report any cases in January and February and only begun reporting cases in March. Within less than two weeks, the tally exponentially rose from zero to 96 cases.“There was a delay in the containment effort so that would make it more difficult for the government to control the spread of the virus. We could see a situation that resembles the ones in Italy and Iran or even worse,” they said.Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, said Jokowi should follow the WHO’s recommendation to declare a national emergency.“The legal aspect of declaring [an emergency] is that the government will have the right to issue national reserves in the form of money and other resources. That means the finance minister could allocate funds from the state budget with no need to seek approval from the House of Representatives,” he said.He also suggested that the government use the 1984 Communicable Disease Outbreak Law and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law to address the crisis. The laws stipulate that a lockdown should be imposed on areas where community transmissions have occurred.The government revealed that confirmed cases had been found in West Java, Surakarta in Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, Manado in North Sulawesi and Pontianak, West Kalimantan. It has set up a fast-response team led by National Disaster Mitigation Agency head Doni Monardo.“The WHO has declared it [the coronavirus] a pandemic, so now the status is a non-natural disaster,” Doni told the media on Saturday.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is calling on all Indonesians to just stay home as the country of 270 million people braces for the worst pandemic in recent memory.In his first national address on the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, the President highlighted the importance of practicing what is called “social distancing” to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has already claimed thousands of lives worldwide.“Under the current conditions, it’s time for us to work from home, study from home and worship at home,” Jokowi said at a press conference at Bogor Palace in West Java on Sunday. “It’s time for us to work together, to help each other, to unite and cooperate. We want this to be a community movement, so that the COVID-19 problem can be addressed to the fullest.” Read also: Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirusAs of Sunday afternoon, Indonesia recorded 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases, five of which ended as fatalities. Scientists, however, believe that the number is much higher than the official tally, saying the government’s lethargic response to the health crisis could have cost it a window of opportunity to contain the virus’ spread.The President said he would leave the decision of whether to declare states of emergency up to the individual regional heads. “As a large country and an archipelago, the spread of COVID-19 varies from region to region,” he said. “Therefore, I ask all governors, regents and mayors to continue to monitor their respective regions and consult with medical experts and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency [BNPB] to determine the emergency levels in their regions.”He added that the government guaranteed it had enough stocks of staple goods to meet everyone’s needs. “We have also prepared economic incentives, as has been announced by the coordinating economic minister, so that the business world can carry on as usual,” he said.last_img read more

Tunisia detains key militant after deadly attack

first_imgTunisian authorities on Thursday detained a former member of the now outlawed Ansar al-Sharia hardline group as part of a crackdown on suspected jihadists after 12 presidential guards were killed in an attack two days ago, local media reported.Seifeddine Rais, an ex-spokesperson for Ansar Al-Sharia, was arrested more than a month after his release from prison, state-run Radio Nationale reported.He was arrested at his house in the northern province of Kairouan and is being investigated, the broadcaster said without giving details.Rais was previously detained several times for inciting violence and had been under suspicion of sending young Tunisians to fight in Syria. The last time was in July 2014 after he appeared in an online video praising the Islamic State terrorist group.Since Ansar al-Sharia was banned in mid-2013, most of its members are believed to have joined another local group that pledged allegiance to Islamic State earlier this year.ISIS, which is active in neighbouring Libya, Syria and Iraq, has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s suicide bombing on a bus carrying presidential guards in the heart of the capital Tunis.The attack prompted President Beji Caid Essibsi to reimpose a state of emergency in the country, which is struggling against a surge in Islamist militancy.last_img read more

BLAST Pro Series confirms date and the teams for Istanbul, $250,000 up for grabs

first_imgBLAST Pro Series will be bringing a world class CS:GO tournament to Istanbul for the first time, and we now know the date – June 23rd.Set to take place at the Ülker Arena in the ancient city, six of the world’s top teams will compete live on stage for a share of the $250,000 (£177,369) prize pool and the BLAST Pro Series trophy. Tickets go on sale on April 2nd, with the Ülker Arena able to host upwards of 13,000. The arena is owned and operated by Fenerbahçe S.K.The confirmed teams are SK Gaming, NiP, FaZe Clan, Astralis, Space Soldiers and Cloud9. This makes it a seriously competitive tournament and, moreover, it also gives it a local feel with Turkish org Space Soldiers. RFRSH Entertainment, the company behind the BLAST Pro Series which has also taken place in Copenhagen, has promised a ‘monstrous set-up with multiple jumbo screens, hundreds of moving lights and amazing surround sounds to the event itself’. RFRSH has been busy in recent times, and announced plans to open a London office earlier this month. FaZe Clan’s Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen said of the event: “BLAST Pro Series is one of the most exciting events I’ve ever been to. It’s action-packed world class entertainment from the doors open to the confetti bonanza when the trophy is lifted.“When we played in Copenhagen, we were blown away by the set-up and the way it was all set up to engage the audience. They created an insane atmosphere, and should I ever go to watch a live tournament as a fan, BLAST would certainly be up there among the favourites. It’s really, really intense, and I really want to lift that Golden A Trophy in Istanbul.”Cloud9’s Tarik ”tarik” Celik, who’ll be playing in his native country, commented: “I am so excited to bring my team mates to Istanbul to show them the city and introduce them to the amazing people there. Winning the Major was the biggest thing in my life, but being able to go and participate in an event like BLAST Pro Series in the country of my parents.“It will be an amazing experience, and we will do everything to make the fans proud. We have never been to BLAST before, but from everything we’ve seen and heard it’s the best event you can imagine and we can’t wait to play on that stage in front of that audience!”Esports Insider says: We’ve been waiting for the announcement of this one. With some impressive teams involved and a date at the Ülker Arena, which has hosted the likes of Leonard Cohen and WWE, we’re sure Istanbul will enjoy its first taste of a major esports tournament.last_img read more