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Curated Collection: Stay Educated About Sexual Assault

Jewel Antoine, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


Filed under Culture

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign that aims to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This week’s theme (April 15 - 21) is “Stay Educated” and as such, the compilation of documentaries below provide different stories...

Panel on Sexual Assault Held Following #SurvivingSJU

Panel on Sexual Assault Held Following #SurvivingSJU

Kenneth Carter, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


Filed under News

A panel discussion organized by faculty and students regarding the resources available to St. John’s students who are and have been victims of sexual assault on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the D’Angelo Center, making it the first public event for students after many current and previous members of the SJU...

Flames of the Torch: On the recent #SurvivingSJU talks, findings

Flames of the Torch: On the recent #SurvivingSJU talks, findings

Torch Staff

February 20, 2019


Filed under Opinion

St. John’s has been under a fair amount of scrutiny since #SurvivingSJU trended nationally last month, leading students to criticize what they see as an ineffective sexual assault reporting system. This comes as several student groups on campus have held demonstrations to voice their displeasure with...

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

St. John’s Says Sexual Violence Reports “Follows the National Trend for Under-Reporting”

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-In-Chief

February 20, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

When #SurvivingSJU trended nationally last month, among the flurry of tweets were some students questioning the accuracy of the University’s reported number of sexual offenses. St. John’s Clery Report, a federally mandated crime report released every fall, said there were four accounts of rape on campus in 2016 and again in 2017, the last year on file. ...

Outside Resources for Reporting Sexual Assault Instances Compiled

Nina Stefanelli, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


Filed under Features

On Jan. 4, #SurvivingSJU trended nationally, with more than 2,000 tweets detailing sexual misconduct allegations at St. John’s as well as negative encounters with administrators while attempting to report incidents. The University said it is investigating each claim on Twitter and promoted its availa...

University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Home Scroll, News

St. John’s University is in the process of contacting students who posted accusations of sexual misconduct amid a flurry of social media posts last Friday, according to University spokesperson Brian Browne. In a statement to the Torch, Browne addressed the hashtag #SurvivingSJU on Twitter – w...

#TimesUp & #MeToo: What Happens Now?

Arturo Enamorado, Contributing Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Jan. 24, Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison after decades of sexual assault on American female Olympians. Though this and the ground breaking speech by Oprah Winfrey at the golden globes are in some ways measures of success to the #MeToo and #Timesup movements, this is certain...

Day One Dialogue: #MeToo

Day One Dialogue: #MeToo

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under News

The St. John’s Law community held its fourth annual “Day One Dialogue” this past Tuesday, Jan.16 at the Law School. In collaboration with the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights, the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, the Coalition for Social Justice, the Hugh L. Carey Cente...

Why Kevin Spacey’s Allegations Should Make Us Question All of Hollywood

Why Kevin Spacey’s Allegations Should Make Us Question All of Hollywood

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

November 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp revealed that unwanted sexual advances were made on him by Kevin Spacey. This took place during a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986, where after everyone else had left, an intoxicated Spacey had picked up Rapp, placed him on his bed and layed on top of him, as...

University Issues Clery Report

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2017


Filed under News

Reports of rape on campus increased by three incidents in 2016, according to the University’s recently-released Clery report. There were four reported incidents that years, compared to two in 2015 and one in 2014. In a statement to the Torch regarding the Clery report, the University’s Title IX C...

Sexual Predators Are Not Just in Hollywood

Sexual Predators Are Not Just in Hollywood

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Harvey Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein Company on Sunday, Oct. 8 over allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. Throughout the following week, more than 30 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The allegations from the alleged victims show a 30-year pattern ...

Project Callisto: SJU Adopts Sexual Assault Reporting System

Project Callisto: SJU Adopts Sexual Assault Reporting System

Chyna Inez Davis, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Home Scroll, News

St. John’s University is one of 13 schools nationwide to have partnered with an upstart online sexual assault reporting system that says it’s having success nationwide in increasing the rate of documented incidents that lead to investigations. Last spring St. John’s partnered with Callisto, a non-profit o...

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