Women's Campaign launches Cambridge Speaks Out (1.6.12)
We are proud to launch Cambridge Speaks Out a place where survivors of sexual violence can give their testimonies anonymously. 23% of women and 3% of men experience sexual assault as an adult. 5% of women and 0.4% of men experience rape. 40% of adults who are raped tell no one about it. Cambridge Speaks Out is a space where people can be heard. If you have experienced sexual assault, rape, or sexual harassment, and would like to speak out about what has happened to you, you can do so at http://www.cambridgespeaksout.org.uk/
For information on getting support, go to: http://www.cambridgespeaksout.org.uk/support/
Some people find telling their story helpful, and if this feels like something you would like to do, this space is for you.
Statement regarding action at the Union this morning (9.3.12)
The CUSU Women's Campaign has nothing to do with the action taken at the Union in the early hours of this morning. We have planned a speaker event, starting at 1pm, which will give a platform to Nafissatou Diallo's attorney, and Cath Elliott, to speak about the specific case against Strauss-Kahn, and broader problems for women who experience sexual violence in society. At 5.30pm we will be leading a non-violent protest to the Union, where we will have our own International Women's Day speeches.
Disinvite Dominique Strauss-Kahn
The CUSU Women's Campaign and friends call on the Cambridge Union Society to disinvite Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Read the open letter we are sending them if you are interested, and sign the petition in support of this statement. Rape survivors do not get this kind of platform, and it is time that we listened to them.
This petition has now been delivered along with a letter requesting that the Union reconsider in light of the levels of support the petition has received. (4.3.12)
A random selection of student, national and international news coverage, along with blog posts on this so far:
Ex-Union Officials speak out against DSK invite: http://issuu.com/varsity/docs/issue755/3
'DSK: Privileging the Predator' comment piece: http://issuu.com/varsity/docs/issue755/9
CUSU Women's Campaign clash with the Union over Dominique Strauss-Kahn: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4456
DSK at the Union?: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150542491024641
Big and clever? Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the Cambridge Union: http://earlymodernjohn.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/big-and-clever-dominique-strauss-kahn-at-the-cambridge-union/
Disinvite DSK/TCS Y U Love Violence: http://fuckyoufaithtaylor.tumblr.com/post/18186261953/disinvite-dsk-or-tcs-y-u-love-violence
Anger over Dominique Strauss-Kahn's invitation to address Cambridge Union: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9104071/Anger-over-Dominique-Strauss-Kahns-invitation-to-address-Cambridge-Union.html
The Observer (26.02.2011), p. 24 - yet to go online
BBC World Service (last 6 minutes):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/ episode/p00nx7sx/Newshour_26_ 02_2012_(1200_GMT)/
Reuters UK: British students want Strauss-Kahn speech cancelled:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/ 2012/02/24/uk-britain-strauss- kahn-idUKTRE81N1VZ20120224
Who Still Invites DSK to Speak? asks Atlantic Wire journalist incredulously.
http:// www.theatlanticwire.com/global/ 2012/02/ who-still-invites-dsk-speak/ 49056/#.T0t7vryhCOw.facebook
Le Figaro: DSK indésirable à Cambridge:
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash- actu/2012/02/24/97001- 20120224FILWWW00582-gb-dsk- indesirable-a-cambridge.php
The Chicago Tribune: British students want Strauss-Kahn speech cancelled:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/ sns-rt-britain-strauss-kahn- update-1l5e8do8za-20120224,0, 6079