Amelia Mertha and Kimberley Dibben


Week 6, Semester 1, 2021

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JUSTICE FOR ALL FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AFFECTED

BURN THE FUCKING PRISONS DOWN


Week 4, Semester 1, 2021


Snap Rally

At our snap rally on 17th March, we continued the demand for justice for survivors and an end to rape culture, this time also calling on the USU to fund a re-instated Radical Sex and Consent Week. Chanel Contos’ petition and the sexual violence crisis we face makes it clear that holistic, engaging consent education is wanted and needed. This kind of education is ongoing, and we want it to be part of all students’ university experience. Rad Sex and Consent Week WILL be back, so look out for us soon!

Day of the Unborn Child

On Sunday the 21st we held a counter-protest to the ridiculous “Day of the Unborn Child”, fighting for abortion access, reproductive justice and bodily autonomy outside of St Mary’s Cathedral. Whilst we have fought hard to win legal abortion across Australia, it remains still inaccessible and stigmatised. What comes next in the pro-choice movement, is a turn towards holistic reproductive justice. Reproductive justice means encompassing safe access to all aspects of reproduction, particularly centering those often forgotten in the mainstream reproductive rights movement who are at the forefront of gendered colonial violence. It means the end of First Nations child removals and the racist foster care system, and the end of disparities in First Nations health care. It means disability justice and gender-affirming surgeries. Not the Church, not the State, we will decide our fate! Fuck pro-lifers!

Solidarity with Communities in Atlanta

WoCo sends solidarity and love for the families and communities grieving after the shootings at Asian massage parlours in Atlanta last week. This was a horrific act of white supremacist violence by a white man, targeting specifically Asian sex workers. We must resist the dehumanisation of sex workers. Asian sex workers are part of our community. The majority of sex workers in NSW are Asian. Sex work is still criminalised in many states in Australia and made dangerous by the carceral state that continues to expand its power by punishing body and sexual autonomy. We must decriminalise sex work, end the detention of refugees and, especially, stand in solidarity with First Nations justice. To echo May Jeong, we fight for us by fighting against oppression everywhere. Police, as agents of colonial power, cannot be the answer to keeping our or any community safe. Through community care and mutual aid, we keep each other safe.


Week 2, Semester 1, 2021

The Women’s Collective called our first rally of the year last week, kicking off our year-round campaign against sexual violence, which is most prominent during Welcome Week. 1 in 8 incidents of sexual violence occur during Welcome Week, for which the violent rape culture and hazing stemming from the residential colleges is to blame. The Broderick Review, the Red Zone, and numerous other investigations make it clear that there is no safe campus whilst the colleges stand. The colleges cannot be reformed. Students need safe, affordable housing, not old ivory towers of misogyny. Now more than ever we ask: how many testimonies must there be before survivors are actually heard?

WoCo demands:
END RAPE CULTURE – ON CAMPUS, IN SCHOOLS, AND AT WORK
JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS
EARLIER, MORE HOLISTIC AND EFFECTIVE CONSENT EDUCATION
DISMANTLE THE COLLEGES, BUILD AFFORDABLE STUDENT HOUSING
REFORM REPORTING PROCEDURES
COPS OFF CAMPUS – COPS DON’T KEEP US SAFE, STRONG COMMUNITIES DO

While the safety and wellbeing of fellow USyd students is central to our demands, speakers and statements read at this rally emphasised the private school to college to workplace pipeline of rape culture, recently highlighted in events such as the online petition to demand better consent education in schools by Chanel Contos, and the emerging cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment by Liberal party staff-members. Students and workers alike deserve a campus and workplace free from sexual violence.

To all survivors of sexual violence: we believe you, your assault was not your fault, and WoCo will fight with you for the justice you deserve.

If you want to join the fight, look out for our events on our Facebook page (University of Sydney Women’s Collective) or become a member by joining our closed Facebook group (USYD WOCO 2021).


Welcome Week, Semester 1, 2021

Welcome back to The Red Zone.

Students are most at risk of sexual violence during Welcome Week than any other time of the year. Welcome Week is the most dangerous time of the university calendar.

Back to campus means back to ‘normal’ but what does ‘normal’ look like?

This looks like rampant sexual violence. This looks like sexist, racist, violent college hazing rituals.

This looks like predatory cis men taking advantage of first year 17-18 year old students.

This looks like Wesley College students being ‘awarded’ categories such as “Best Ass”, “Biggest Pornstar”, “Best Cleavage”, and “Kinkiest Collegian”.

This looks like predatory ‘Bone Room’ parties at St Paul’s that prey on first year students in a practice known as ‘fresher grooming’.

This looks like the annual St John’s revenge porn event called ‘the purge’.

This looks like men masturbating into shampoo bottles belonging to women, and defecating in their college rooms and hallways as part of hazing rituals.

This looks like St Paul’s pro-rape Facebook Group called ‘Define Statutory’, promoting itself as ‘pro-rape’ and ‘anti-consent’.

This looks like the burning of the LGBTQ+ pride flag at St Andrew’s.

This looks like white supremacist graffiti on a deceased student’s memorial at St Andrew’s and “they can’t say no with a cock in their mouth” and “any hole is a goal” graffiti at St Paul’s.

Each of these examples are from The Red Zone Report or recent findings from Honi Soit last year and show what we already know is true: that sexual violence, misogyny, elitism, and racism is rampant within all of the residential colleges.

FUCK BACK TO NORMAL. A SAFE CAMPUS IS A COLLEGE FREE CAMPUS

Read more about the ‘rich culture’ that the USYD residential colleges bring to our community: