Rebels Against Sexual Assault (RASA): Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 by kcozart

Who are we?

We are Rebels Against Sexual Assault, a group of students with the common goal of educating Ole Miss about sexual misconduct and prevention methods.

What do we do?

RASA aims to spread awareness and prevention methods of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking through peer education and other events, such as the recent first annual Sex Week.

When/Where do we meet?

We do not yet have a regular meeting time, but you can keep up with us and/or ask questions by contacting: olemissrasa@gmail.com

Or on the following social media:

  • OrgSync – Rebels Against Sexual Assault
  • Facebook – Rebels Against Sexual Assault
  • Twitter – @OleMissRASA
  • Instagram – @OleMissRASA
  • Tumblr – olemissrasa.tumblr.com

Why do we do it?

Sexual assault is an issue that has harmed many people on our campus. Either they have experienced the trauma first-hand, or they have watched a loved one struggle with the harmful effects (depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, etc).

Even if you have not been affected by sexual assault or dating violence, prevention and awareness education is important for everyone.

Still not convinced? Let me share some terrifying statistics with you:

  • 1 in 5 women age 18-24 will experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault in college alone
  • 1 in 33 men will experience sexual assault
  • 80+% of sexual assaults are NEVER reported
  • 90% of assailants are not strangers to the victim
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime

How did we begin?

Last April the Center for Inclusion showed The Hunting Ground, a heart-wrenching documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. After the screening and the panel discussion that followed, several students stayed to talk about sexual assault on our campus. Many of us were shocked that Ole Miss did not have any student organization dedicated to educating our campus on the issue of sexual assault. With the interest of many passionate students and a determined Violence Prevention Coordinator, RASA was born.

Want to join us?

If you’re still reading, you’re probably at least a little interested! Shoot us an email olemissrasa@gmail.com or check us out on the social media listed above!

About Sydney Green: 

SGreen2I’m Sydney Green, a sophomore double majoring in International Studies and Arabic and minoring in Gender Studies. I like jogging, biking, reading, and equality. I am Secretary of RASA, Treasurer of Croft Senate, and a member of Lambda Sigma, Real Food Rebels, and Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement.