Socialist Alternative provides discussion space for sexual assault
By Jacob Carver
The Socialist Alternative held a meeting Nov. 30 in Academic West covering topics of sexual assault, national culture and campus administrative response.
The meeting looked at these topics specifically from a frame of Socialism, according to Eric Lawrence, grad student and elected leader of the Bellingham branch of Socialist Alternative.
Felixia Santana, Socialist Alternative branch member, spoke on how sexual assault is affecting our nation and used the scaleback of Title IX as an example.
“I see it as a more subtle attack on women’s rights,” Santana said.
The group also talked about economic inequality, how socialism could help women’s movements and how campus, in light of recent events, is affected by sexual assault.
Santana shared her thoughts on the relationship between students and administration when it comes to sexual assault.
“The consciousness of the student population is not the same as the administration,” Santana said.
Santana went on to say that some campus administration put less value on sexual assault cases due to potential criticism of the school.
“I would argue that it would reflect less poorly if they were willing to follow correct procedures,” Santana said.
Senior Marina Semez, who does not identify as Socialist, agreed with what the group was discussing in terms of campus safety.
“It just makes me angry that school is getting more and more expensive, but there’s so many issues,” Semez said. “I don’t feel safe here.”