Greek organizations are a powerful and pervasive force on campus. Unfortunately, when it comes to sexual assault, the statistics around greek life are unsettling:
- According to the National Institute of Justice sorority membership is a "risk factor" for sexual assault — 25% of sexual assault victims surveyed were sorority members but only 14% of non-victims surveyed belonged to a sorority.
- Fraternity houses have been described by academic journals as "dangerous places for women"
- Fraternity men are three times more likely to commit rape than their non-greek peers.
As a member of Greek life at your university, you have an important and unique role and you can serve as a leader in promoting a culture of consent and respect.
Generate awareness within your organization
- Host a screening of The Hunting Ground at your chapter
- Read and spread We Believe You, an anthology of 36 survivors stories, in your chapter to enhance your understanding of this critical issue.
- Engage in conversations about affirmative consent, healthy relationships, and a culture of respect at chapter meetings.
- Bring in speakers from your local rape crisis center or a related campus organization and host a teach-in
- Require consent and bystander intervention trainings for all of your members
Know, improve, and enforce your organization's sexual assault policy.
"Best practices are only best when practiced." - Julia Dixon
Most greek members EROC surveyed were not aware of their organization's policy on sexual assault. Ensure your members are well informed about the policies of the national chapter, university, and individual house levels. Hold each other accountable in following the policy guidelines
Your voice matters. You have an important opportunity to instigate meaningful policy reform. Check out our policy reform guide to get started.
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Activism takes many forms, and support survivors and refusing to ignore the epidemic on our campuses is a way of standing up to the institutional indifference so many survivors have faced. By refusing to ignore sexual assault, you are engaging in activism.
Never forget to support survivors, trust survivors, and believe survivors. You can find a good collection of resources here.