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October 14, 2016

I just start kissing them. Just kiss—I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Whatever you want. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.—Donald Trump

The video was released on Friday, October 7. At the presidential debate two days later, when CNN moderator Anderson Cooper asked the Republican nominee Donald Trump to explain his apparently predatory behavior to the nation, Trump dismissed his deep-seated serial misogyny and nonconsensual sexual advances as mere “locker room talk.” Repeatedly. Afterward, in the GOP spin room, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions staunchly defended his ally, insisting, contrary to the Department of Justice’s definition, that grabbing a woman’s genitals without her consent was not sexual assault. On Wednesday, in the New York Times, two women gave their own detailed accounts of having been sexually assaulted by Trump; another woman, a People magazine journalist, also came forward to share her story. On Thursday, delivering an impassioned speech in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama called out Trump as a sexual predator who routinely abuses his male privilege and power: “This wasn’t locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women … It reminds us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how, back in their day, the boss could say and do whatever he pleased to the women in the office.”The furor went national after the release of the video, but the problems had started much earlier: when Trump’s lawyer claimed it was legal to rape your spouse; when Trump, in campaign speeches across the country, called Mexican immigrants rapists; when he continued to assert the guilt of the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted of rape and finally exonerated by DNA evidence after serving years in prison.

The Trump video inspired the writer Kelly Oxford to invite women to tweet at her the stories of their first assaults; by Monday, she had received thousands of testimonies about flashings, gropings, and rapes; along the way, Oxford’s account was viewed some 30 million times. Building in intensity throughout the year—in the courts, on college campuses, throughout the blogosphere, and on Facebook pages, Snapchat stories, and Twitter feeds—suddenly it seemed the phrase “rape culture” dominated the national conversation. Rape culture refers to the trivializing of sexual violence and the tendency to blame victims while exonerating or excusing assailants. It also refers to the racial disparities in arrests and sentencing of accused rapists. We need look no further than the notorious case of Brock Turner, a Stanford student who was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault, and yet was handed an uncharacteristically lenient sentence by a questionable judge. Even more devastating in its reach, the Department of Justice recently concluded that the Baltimore City Police, among other crimes, “seriously and systematically under-investigates reports of sexual assault.”

Scholars and activists, poets and playwrights have been writing about rape for centuries. What would the conversation around sexual assault, police bias, and the legal system look like if investigators, police officers, and judges read deeply into the literature on sexuality, racial justice, violence, and power? It is in view of this question that the following syllabus is offered as a scholarly resource—and object of critical discussion and debate—on “rape culture” in the 21st century.

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Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies
Sep 19th, 2016 by

Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies highlights issues for K-12 districts to consider when bringing together a multi-disciplinary team to develop sexual misconduct policies as part of their overall response to sexual misconduct. By using this document as a guide, it will enable K-12 teams to include all the essential components of a comprehensive sexual misconduct plan. The document covers reporting options, support services for victims, definitions, confidentiality, the grievance process, and other critical areas. It also provides links to Federal government resources for those wanting further detail on a particular topic.

Free PSAs for radio stations – Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.
Mar 7th, 2015 by

Students of Howard Community College (HCC) of Columbia, MD have produced three public service announcements concerning the difficult and serious issue of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. HCC’s Dragon Radio is providing your institution three psa’s: a 15 second; 30 second; and a 60 second announcement. You are welcome to broadcast any or all of these psa’s with your own introduction. We trust that the work of these HCC students will do some good. We have included the text below along with the attached three audio psa’s. Thank you for taking the time.

Questions, please contact Matt Trudel, Assistant Director of Dragon Radio, Howard Community College, Columbia MD.

443-518-3078 or 443-518-3029.

(This email was sent by Jim Karantonis, student and writer of the public service announcements.) The text of the psa’s follows:

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Fifteen Second PSA.

SHE.  (Matter-o-factually.) You’re a good kisser.

  1. Thanks.

SHE.  A pretty good kisser.

  1. Thanks again.

SHE.  Hey, I didn’t mean you could touch.

  1. But I’m even better at―

SHE.  You’re not that good a kisser.

FEMALE ANNOUNCER.  Practice kissing. You’ll get in less trouble if you stop there.

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Thirty second PSA.

  1. You like me don’t you?

SHE.  (Drawn-out slowly.) Well . . . yeah.

  1. So we like each other, so why not.

SHE.  I like you but not to . . .

  1. But you want to, don’t you? Don’t you?

SHE.  (Frazzled.) Well, maybe.

  1. I have protection, are you worried about―

SHE.  (Confused.) No, it’s not that. I just don’t know.

ANNOUNCER.  Guys. Times have changed for everyone. “I just don’t know” isn’t a “yes”. And when it comes to sex take “maybe” as a “no.”

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Sixty second PSA.

SHE.  What a party! (Sings) My head is spinning and spinning . . . (Continues to sing in background.)

  1. I do believe you set a record for margaritas.

SHE.  What’s your name again? Bob? Bill? (Exaggerated laugh.) I’m kidding.

  1. (Chuckles.) Yeah, I’m Brad, the nice guy that you just met.

SHE.  Hey, Hey, Brad, (Whispers.) let’s go upstairs. (With a sexy voice.) There’s an empty room up there.

  1. Whoa, that’s not a good idea.

SHE.  (A girlish whine.) Oh, but I want to. (Giggles.) Wow is my head (sings.) spinning and spinning and spinning . . .

  1. (He sing-songs.) Too many margaritas.

SHE.  Brad, (Pouting.) we don’t have to go steady. We’re just hooking-up. (Sings.) I’m spinning and spinning and spinning . . .

  1. Listen. We can make this happen another time, after we get to know each other.

ANNOUNCER.  (Voice sings in background “spinning and spinning”.)  Don’t be sorry later . . . for what you can control now.

Thank you to HCC students: Taylor Pakulla; KareneWinfield; Scott Lichtor

March 11, 2015 CCSU hosts Jackson Katz – More Than a Few Good Men
Feb 28th, 2015 by

Dear Colleagues:

We are proud to announce that CCSU will be hosting Jackson Katz on March 11, 2015 in Alumni Hall at 5:30PMJACKSON KATZ, Ph.D. is an American educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. Check out Jackson Katz on TED Katz’s TED Talk.



This event is organized and/or sponsored by the following campus groups and is part of the University’s Stand Up CCSU Campaign: Student Affairs, Diversity and Equity, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Student Wellness Services, Student Activities and Leadership Development, Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence, Prevention, Women’s Center, Center for Public Policy and Social Research, Veterans Affairs, Criminology Department, Psychology Department, Athletics, Administrative Affairs, Inter Residence Council (IRC), Marketing & Communications.


Should you need additional information, please contact the Stand UP CCSU Campaign Co-chairs, Sarah Dodd, Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention Specialist (860-832-3795) or Nicholas D’Agostino, Associate in ODE (860-832-1653).  For more information on the Stand Up CCSU campaign visit


We look forward to seeing you there,



Nicholas D’Agostino


Office of Diversity and Equity

Central Connecticut State University

Davidson Hall, Room 102

1615 Stanley Street, New Britain CT 06050


More Than a Few Good Men – A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women

How can we encourage men to attend programs on sex and gender issues? How can we encourage men to move beyond defensiveness on the subject of rape and other forms of gender violence? How can we educate men about these issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? In More Than a Few Good Men, Jackson Katz addresses these topics head-on. This acclaimed program inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing college students: violence against women. The subjects he covers include sexual and domestic violence, but also pornography, prostitution and stripping. Traditionally, these issues have been considered “women’s issues.” More Than a Few Good Men, by contrast, focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men. In a provocative presentation that interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality, Katz stimulates dialogue between the sexes by helping to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces. More Than a Few Good Men is not the typical lecture about men behaving badly. With his witty, engaging, and personal speaking style, Katz:

  • Shares stories from his pioneering gender violence prevention work with U.S. Marines, professional and collegiate athletes, and college fraternities.
  • Illustrates how the sports culture, comedy, advertising, and other media depictions of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence.
  • Conveys a cutting edge analysis of masculinity and sexual politics.
  • Shows, with humor, how homophobia prevents many men, and women, from dealing honestly with sexism.
  • Draws connections between the campus culture of drinking and the incidence of sexual assault.

More on Jackson Katz:

In 1993 he co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.  The mixed-gender, multiracial MVP program is one of the most widely implemented and influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of this now broadly popular approach. In 1997 Katz created and directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide bystander intervention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy.  MVP has also worked with the U.S. Army on bases in the States and overseas in Iraq. Katz’s award-winning educational videos Tough Guise  and Tough Guise 2, his featured appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, and his thousands of lectures in North America and overseas have brought his insights into issues of gender and violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. His TED talk, “Violence against Women is a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than 2 million times. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He is the founder and director of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention training to institutions in the public and private sectors. Katz speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media and multiracial, multinational masculinities. Katz has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.


Chief of Army addresses allegations of unacceptable behaviour
Oct 17th, 2014 by

Published on Jun 12, 2013

Message from the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, to the Australian Army following the announcement on Thursday, 13 June 2013 of civilian police and Defence investigations into allegations of unacceptable behaviour by Army members.


Chief of Army addresses allegations of unacceptable behaviour

13 June 2013 | Media Release

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO today announced the suspension of three members of the Australian Army and that action had been initiated to consider the suspension of another five Army members, pending the outcome of civilian police and Defence investigations into allegations of unacceptable behaviour.

The investigations relate to evidence that a group of officers and non-commissioned officers of the Australian Army allegedly produced and distributed highly inappropriate material demeaning women, across both Defence computer systems and the public internet.

The production and distribution of the material dates back to 2010 and also appears to make veiled reference to drug use.

“There is no place for this behaviour in our Army, and in a Defence Force that prides itself on teamwork, courage and respect, and where women and men work alongside each other as colleagues and professionals,” Lieutenant General Morrison said.

“It brings the Australian Army into disrepute and betrays all those whose service has established its enviable status among our citizens.

“I am, of course, cognisant of the need to keep an open mind and to let the evidence speak in regard to how these men are dealt with, but I view the allegations that are being made in the gravest light.”

The three Army members already suspended are the subject of an ongoing investigation by New South Wales Police.

The Army today initiated action to consider the suspension of another five members who are the subject of a parallel Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) investigation into a number of alleged Service offences. The ADFIS investigation is also ongoing.

Pending the outcome of the ongoing ADFIS investigation, the Army may consider further suspension decisions against nine others if the circumstances warrant.

ADFIS is also investigating a further 90 individuals who have been identified as peripheral to the group’s email exchanges. These 90 individuals are predominantly Army members.

Where any serious case is proven, the Chief of Army is resolved to take every step available to remove the individual responsible from the Army.

“If proven, these allegations could lead to the imposition of punishment, to these individuals being discharged from the Australian Army,” Lieutenant General Morrison said.

“After the significant effort we have made to encourage women to enlist and remain in the Army, I am extremely concerned at what appears to have been uncovered.

“In the wake of the ADFA ‘Skype’ case, and the series of inquiries and reviews into various aspects of the ADF culture and military justice over the last 20 years, the leadership of the ADF no longer accepts the ‘bad apple’ argument when one of these incidents occurs.

“These behaviours are symptoms of a systemic problem and we will continue to address them in a comprehensive manner, through Defence’s Pathway to Change strategy.”

Army and Defence are engaging with and providing support to those women who have been affected by these allegations.

Defence is also providing support to those personnel who are the subject of these allegations.

Media note:
A transcript of today’s media conference will be available at

Images from the media conference will be available at

Media contact:
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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