Call for Submissions, “Mixed-Bag” by November 21st

November’s “mixed-bag” issue of FORUM will focus on OU students’ favorite creations. We will accept works of all types (art, poetry, essays, rants, etc.) and of all themes and topics. Send us the best essay you’ve ever written, your favorite short-story, or a poem that you’re proud of. This work can be old or new. … [Read more…]

Rape Culture by Olan Field

Rape Culture: noun, a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.   We live in a rape culture, but many people refuse to accept or acknowledge this fact. As a peer educator for Step In, Speak Out here at OU, I often hear people … [Read more…]

The Myth of the Typical Rapist by Jake Mazeitis

As a Step In, Speak Out peer educator, I am often confronted with what I’ve come to call “the myth of the typical rapist.” After watching a video about active bystander intervention, students will tell me that the perpetrator in the video “doesn’t look like a rapist.” When I ask them to explain, they’ll say … [Read more…]

Access to Care by Sara Raines

Sometimes, it can be incredibly difficult for LGBTQ people to recognize certain forms of domestic violence, since we see so few examples of what healthy relationships that include us look like. We get our ideas of what our relationships should look like from TV, movies, books, magazines, and the media in general. All of these … [Read more…]

Upcoming Events – Power: Gender-Based Violence at OU

Mosaic: Social Justice Symposium, November 18, 2017 “Undergraduate and graduate presentations represent a range of social justice topics including, but not limited to, human rights, gender disparities, racial discrimination, classism, sexuality, education, economic inequality, ableism, ethnicity, religion, environmentalism, technology, and political and cultural oppression.” – OU Gender and Equality Center   Me Too Monologues “It’s … [Read more…]

Colonization and Sexual Assault by Rex LeClair and Emily Mee

It can be extremely difficult to reach out to indigenous communities on the issue of sexual assault, as this traumatic occurrence is deeply rooted in colonization, and has manifested in the abuse of Native women. However, several Native American organizations on and around campus have called attention to this issue, and have done the necessary … [Read more…]

“Me Too” by Rachel Whitfield

The recent social media “trend” #MeToo follows numerous cases of sexual assault allegations revealed in the media. Although this can be a positive method for folks to share their story, empowered by the incredible number of women and men posting in solidarity, it is also problematic for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is important … [Read more…]

SGA Presidential Candidates on Campus Sexual Assault

The following responses are from three of the four Student Government Association’s presidential campaigns when asked to provide a brief summary of their plans to help prevent sexual assault on campus and advocate for victims as president. We did not receive a response from the Aubel/Hiatt campaign. From the Meraz/Mazeitis campaign: The Meraz/Mazeitis campaign is … [Read more…]

It’s On Us: An Interview with Kaylee Rains-Saucedo

Why did you decide to start the It’s On Us campaign at OU and how did you spark support for the campaign on our campus? After returning from a Big XII conference last year, I began drafting legislation to create the SGA It’s On Us Taskforce.  This had been done at several other schools for … [Read more…]

Greek Systems and Rape Culture: An Interview with Cameron Burleson

What Greek chapter are you a part of, and what was your position? Alpha Tau Omega, I was chapter president. What are your thoughts on rape culture in Greek societies? Does it mimic cultures outside of the organization, or do you believe it has a culture of its own? First of all, an important thing … [Read more…]