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Survivors at UC Berkeley share their stories.
“To address the problem, schools also need to start calling it what it is: violence. At the elementary school level, we often refer to it as bullying or inappropriate touching. At the middle and high school levels, we tell ourselves that “boys will be boys” (or that “girls will be girls”) and that their behavior doesn’t have painful impact. At the college level, schools have policies that often refer to sexual violence as sexual misconduct. Calling these instances anything, but what they are — violence — allows us to continue to avoid our responsibility to address it. No more.” - Ali Safran (…me)