Im Taking Back My Campus. And You’re Going To Pay Me For It.

“I want to get back to the days when students were banging down my door saying, ‘Let’s do something to end sexual misconduct on our campus’ — I miss it,” Carry said. “I really want students to get fired up about this again. I don’t want this to become, ‘Oh, that was important in 2013’ — until we get to zero, this is still important.” Well Ainsley Carry, Vice President of student affairs. I respond to you with this.

Your statement is a part of the problem. As a community on this campus we shouldn’t need a nationwide headline or another lawsuit or even students “banging on your door”, which I should say is never open to anyone to begin with, to understand the severity of rape at USC. If what you’re waiting for is a publicized rape, well then look no further than your DPS reports.

With movies such as the Hunting Grounds, which depicts USC 2013 case, and the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, people are suddenly aware of the epidemic that sexual assault has become. This isn’t something new, its been around for decades and only now are we willing to address the problem because its being pushed in our face. Schools such as USC have attempted to tame the problem, or at least that’s how its being advertised. Ainsley Carry, himself created the faculty advised and student led sexual assault task force a few years ago. It was promoted as the Universities attempt to address the problem of sexual assault from multiple dimensions with the help of the students. And by help, I mean they did all the work and got none of the credit. No recognition, no compensation, and no surprise.

USC Students Protesting in 2013

Last year students worked hard to revise the sexual misconduct code in USCs SCampus. This semester the students in the Multi Year Education committee are being asked to create a long term sexual assault education curriculum for 40,000 students. These implementations provided by students are not only proven to be effective and reduce harm, but educate an entire campus, and consequently save USC from any unwanted lawsuits. The school is able to maintain its tidy reputation and easily sweep the reality under the rug. Sexual assaults have always been more of an administrative headache than an actual sympathetic concern for any school administrator. The fact of the matter is that the students are taking this role on as policy and social change makers because no one in the administration knows how to. Students are pulling the weight.

Its easy to dismiss the discontent of unpaid work because students often feel they aren’t qualified. But any one who has experienced a frat party can speak to the rape culture created on this campus. There is no degree to get to understand this, you don’t learn how each generation in each individual university understands consent. So when you realize you have more knowledge than anyone at the table with a PHD, its hard to disqualify yourself as capable of eradicating sexual assault. But its being done, and its being done by students. Without the universities help but however under the universities name. If students are willing to take a stand and do what USC simply cannot, then those students reserve all the rights to full credit and compensation. Until students stop getting raped they will never be unqualified to take on this work and universities should never try to take credit for it. Ainsley Carry, students have been knocking on your door for years. Try opening it for once and see what happens.

Works Cited

Campus sexual assault activism needs new momentum and nuance, Daily Trojan Spring Editorial Board