After 40 years of activists working to reduce sexual violence on college campuses, in 2014, the new Campus Anti-Rape Movement (CARM) finally put this issue on the national policy agenda. President Barack Obama credited “an inspiring wave of student-led activism” for catapulting campus rape into public consciousness. This book positions the new CARM within a long history of anti-sexual violence activism in the U.S. The authors describe the major events of this new movement and how it coalesced. The authors also analyze the new CARM through a social movement lens, and examine the role of new laws and social media in facilitating movement successes. The book argues that the new CARM laid the groundwork for the emergence of #MeToo, the highest profile campaign against sexual harassment/violence to date in U.S. history.
This text is what is missing from the national discussion about campus sexual assault. Expertly researched and contextualizing compelling anecdotal accounts with larger trends, in particular, Internet activism and social justice movements, it will undoubtedly transcend the academic audience and become a classic primer for all who study this issue, advocate against sexual and gender violence, and seek to improve societal responses to sexual assault and harassment.
— Christina Mancini, Virginia Commonwealth University
An engaging and intelligent book, The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Internet Activism and Social Justice by Heldman, Ackerman, and Breckenridge-Jackson, lays out a history of activism around sexual violence on campus, provides an insightful analysis, and offers a road-map forward. The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement should be required reading by all those who claim—or would like to claim—expertise on campus sexual violence and it should also be read by everyone who cares about the profound injustice of campus rape.
— Jennifer J. Freyd, University of Oregon
This timely book offers an intersectional analysis of one of the most significant social movements in our time: campus anti-sexual assault activism. The authors provide an important resource for scholars and activists who work on sexual assault and harassment, historicizing the campus anti-rape movement within a history of struggle for gender justice. The authors contribute to shifting the burden of shame to where it belongs: on the immediate perpetrators of sexual assault as well as those whose silence makes them complicit in the harm being done to others. This book is a useful primer for those committed to ensuring that our college campuses are safe and equitable learning environments.
— Kimberly Theidon, Tufts University
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: “I Said Nothing”: Sexual Violence on Campus
Chapter 2: Women of Color Leading the Way: A History of Anti-Sexual Violence Activism
Chapter 3: “Silence Has the Rusty Taste of Shame”: The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement
Chapter 4: “You’re Not Doing Enough”: The Shifting Legal Landscape
Chapter 5: “Going Public”: The Shifting Technological Landscape
Chapter 6: “Women Should Avoid Dressing Like Sluts”: Campus Rape Prevention Programs
Chapter 7: “Let’s Change the Culture”: The Future of the Campus Anti-Rape Movement
About the Authors:
Caroline Heldman is associate professor of politics at Occidental College and the research director for the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media.
Alissa R. Ackerman is assistant professor in the Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice at California State University, Fullerton.
Ian Breckenridge-Jackson is lecturer in the Sociology Department at California State University, Los Angeles.