Showing. Presenting Sexual Trauma on Duke’s Campus. & Hiding. Omnipresent, Yet Elusive. Statute of Limitations debate. Studies report 25-30 percent of females will be raped in college. Referenced 3 consecutive years in the Me Too Monologues. Exhibits in the Bryan Center.
Presenting Sexual Trauma on Duke’s Campus
Statute of Limitations debate
Studies report 25-30 percent of females will be raped in college
Referenced 3 consecutive years in the Me Too Monologues
Exhibits in the Bryan Center
57 Chronicle Articles in the past 12 months
Greek Women’s Initiative reported 31 percent of Duke Women had received “unwanted sexual contact”
No student at Duke has ever been expelled for sexual assault
Entrance to Perkins
For an affected student (AS), invisible context is overlayed onto seemingly normal spaces in a highly triggering manner.
Stationary spacesvs. fluidspaces
West Campus Archways
First Floor Bostock
Stairs down to Edens
Bus stop where I was found unconscious
You probably know an AS. You probably know you know an AS.
But you probably also know a perpetrator. And you probably have no clue.
“He takes up so much space, you have to try to fit into the spaces
that are left and sometimes those spaces collide.”
AS are highly aware of the possibility of encountering their perpetrator. Sometimes it is unavoidable: they share a class, or have mutual friends. The AS must navigate these physical triggers usually alone and in silence, in spaces on campus that others view as safe, making a concerted effort to appear unaffected to avoid shame and embarrassment. If an AS in unable to keep her emotions contained, those around her will be thrown off by and question her seemingly bizarre behavior, and by extension the AS herself.
Works for Women’s Center
Continued role in CG
“Wearing” a rape.
“In the daytime… nobody could touch me.”
“Everything would go away if I weighed 20 lbs less.”
“For a moment my head was silent.”
Promiscuous Sexual Activity**
“I thought the more sex I had the less important the rape would become*.”
“I just wanted to check out for a bit*.”
Excessive alcohol consumption***
“When it happened I didn’t drink…and it didn’t fucking matter*.”
Disclosing experiences. If/when. Implications of choosing not to.
Sex: An expected part of a college relationship feels like a punishment*
Fear of emotional attachment.