QRC to host forum on stopping sexual violence

By Rosemary McClure ’13Editor-in-Chief

On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4:00 p.m. the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges will host a student forum on stopping sexual violence at the 7Cs.

This forum intends to bridge the gaps between existing advocacy groups such as It Ends Here, the Motley, the Sexual Assault Awareness and Resource Committee, and the Pomona College Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault. All will be represented at this event, planned by the QRC committee Queer Survivors Project Team.

There has been a lot of discussion this school year on ending rape culture across the 5Cs. Often conversations about sexual violence take a heteronormative approach that excludes the queer experience. Said organizer Olivia Buntaine ’15, “The point of us having it at the QRC is to encourage folks to bring an intersectional lens to sexual violence and intimate partner violence on campus.” This forum will be student-led and all are welcome.

Representatives from the various campus groups will introduce themselves, introduce the work they have been doing, and share what they are planning to do next. “We hope, after a couple of these conversations, to engage with administration about how to change these policies,” said Buntaine. “Once we are more united as a student body about what we want to see changed, then we can be more effective.”

For more information, contact the Queer Survivors Project Team at queersurvivorsQRC@gmail.com.