The Women’s Center, founded by a coalition of student, staff, and faculty activists, opened in 1989 in response to a demand for women’s equal educational opportunities, greater safety, and gender-related resources at St. Cloud State University. Throughout its rich, 32-year history, the Women’s Center has provided educational programming; a comprehensive array of services to students experiencing gender violence, harassment, and discrimination; scholarships for nontraditional women students; institutional advocacy for policies and procedures supporting gender equity; leadership and professional development opportunities; and more. We create solutions and collaborate with other members of the campus community to address inequity, oppression, and opportunity related to gender and its intersections.

Clery Act

The Clery Act was named after Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student on April 5, 1986. Her parents championed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) in her memory. This Act is a federal law that requires colleges to report crimes that occur “on campus” and school safety policies. This information is available each year in an Annual Security Report (ASR), which can be found on your school’s website. The Clery Act also requires schools to send timely warnings to the school community when there are known risks to public safety on campus. https://www.knowyourix.org/college-resources/clery-act/

Title IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Essentially, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding (the vast majority of schools). While Title IX is a very short statute, Supreme Court decisions and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education have given it a broad scope covering sexual harassment and sexual violence. Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments and failure to do so is a violation that means a school could risk losing its federal funding. https://www.knowyourix.org/college-resources/title-ix/

Dear Pat-Stories of Sexist Realities and Resistance

YOUR VOICE HAS POWER.

This website is a catalogue of stories, rants, and experiences of everyday sexism, misogyny, and patriarchal violence.

Sexist and patriarchal violence exist on a spectrum: whether it’s sexist language, a joke, a comment, a name/label, slurs, harassment, cat-calling, leering, groping, unwanted touch, boundary violations, spatial invasions, stalking, abuse, revenge porn, assault, exploitation, violence, trafficking, coercive control, being propositioned, doxxing, online abuse, objectification, anti-feminism, taking/sharing intimate or nude images without consent, misogynoir, racialized fetishizing of women of color, gaslighting, victim-blaming, purity/modesty culture, pornification, sexual shaming, double standards, rape/prostitution jokes, invisibility of women, mansplaining, gender roles and stereotypes, male entitlement, rape culture, mother-shaming/blaming, reproductive coercion, and other examples…

Your story and experiences are valid. Sexism does not have to be severe, shocking, or obvious to be harmful and create a hostile environment for women.

Though sexism is often normalized as “just the way things are,” this is not the way things have to be. We have the power to create and transform our community.

This is why we are also encouraging submissions of anti-sexist stories and courageous acts of resistance, support and validation for women, pro-feminist acts, and bystander intervention that we can share to inspire others to step up, say something, and/or take action!

The personal is political.

Thank you for sharing your story! Follow our social media accounts to see if your story gets posted! You are welcome to submit whenever you’d like…even multiple times a day.

Sincerely,

The St. Cloud State University Women’s Center

https://dearpatsexiststories.wordpress.com/