by VALERIA RICCIULLI-MARIN
Two student clubs, Talk and Breaking the Silence, were created this fall semester to foster on-campus discussion regarding women’s issues.
Cassia Fletcher ’16 is the leader of Talk. Their club’s mission is to discuss women’s social issues on a broad scale, some of which include topics of violence, work, misrepresentation in the media and the political sphere.
“We noticed that despite women being the majority (in the college), there were few outlets to share our experiences- despite the few events throughout the semester. We wanted something a little bit more permanent and concrete,” stated Fletcher. She stressed that the men in the Manhattanville community are encouraged to to be part of the conversation regarding gender issues as these are ultimately topics that concern everyone.
The second club, Breaking the Silence, is led by Danielle Dinapoli ’16. Their mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault and sexual violence.
“Breaking The Silence will create a community on campus that is supportive of survivors of sex violence, ready to stand up against sex violence to make changes, and strong enough to fight against the ever existing rape culture,” said Dinapoli. When asked about her inspiration to start the club, she said: “Rape culture, victim blaming, and not enough protection for survivors of sexual assault were common themes we heard almost every day in the news and from others around us. After months of frustration, we decided that our passion for this cause could change something for the better.”
Stay tuned for the conversations hosted by Talk, and Breaking the Silence events such as “Slut Walk” and self-defense classes.