Last night when I returned home from my office I turned on the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and watched part of both Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony and the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford. As someone who knows many survivors of sexual assault I found the emotional and charged discussions around the accusations of sexual assault hard to watch and I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like for survivors to watch these hearings. I want everyone to know that the adults on campus are here to support anyone who would like to talk about the hearings or who needs support in processing what they are seeing and witnessing.
I also ask that everyone be sensitive to issues of consent and sexual assault. While, for some, there may be a temptation to deal with the stress of events like these with humor, this is no laughing matter. Sexual Assault is a major issue that impacts millions of people in our country and around the world. You can see current statistics about sexual assault on the website for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem. Our expectation is that Dublin students are not people who make jokes or downplay the seriousness of these issues, but are strong individuals who stand up to make everyone on our campus feel safe in body and mind. Times like these demand that we live our motto of truth and courage.
Director of Equity and Inclusion Rachael Jennings will provide a list of resources for people wanting more information on the hearings and for people who want to know how to either find ways to support themselves or others.