#metoo

Susana Pelayo-Woodward, the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UMD, spoke with KUMD this morning about the #MeToo Awareness: Gender, Health & Justice Conference held at UMD this past weekend. 

Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth Department of Theatre and Dance

#MeToo.  Musical Theatre.  Medieval Drama.  What do these things have in common?

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Sarah Super was in a hospital bed awaiting the completion of her "rape kit": the forensic exam to collect evidence after a sexual assault.

Her ex-boyfriend had broken into her apartment and raped her at gunpoint, and Super realized there was no one she knew who would understand what she'd been through if she tried to tell them.

Almost four years later, Super has founded an organization called Break the Silence to give survivors of sexual assault a way to support other survivors.

Project Consent

There's a national conversation taking place in our country now as the #metoo movement gathers momentum -- a conversation about consent.

But consent - what it is and, more importantly, what it's not - is an idea not limited to sexual encounters.

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Samantha Woller is interested in intersections.

Like the intersections where society's views and expectations of women have allowed - if not fostered - the kinds of treatment that's spawned the #metoo movement.

But she's living at an interesting intersection of her own, where her psychology and philosophy majors meet along with her volunteer work and the importance of belief.

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One of the responses to the #metoo movement has been a rush to implement sexual harassment training in the workplace.

But men already know that groping a co-worker is wrong, right? 

Or have we been giving them the wrong messages all along?