CAFSA Testimony Form
***Content Warning: the following document mentions examples of sexual violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia***
The harm done by fraternities and the culture they create/perpetuate extends beyond sexual violence. The Coalition Against Fraternity Sexual Assault (CAFSA) was formed in an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence in and around Penn's campus and call attention to other ways that students are made to feel unsafe or uncomfortable by their prominent presence on campus; for example, the fraternities on Locust Walk occupy more space and are placed more centrally on Penn's campus than cultural centers (such as MAKUU, La Casa Latina, and PAACH) or Penn Violence Prevention (PVP).
The focus of CAFSA is on violence and discrimination perpetuated by fraternities, which are organizations made up largely of men, because, statistically, the highest rates of sexual violence and discrimination are experienced by women, trans, and non-binary people. We do, however, want to make space for and support of male victims of sexual violence and discrimination.
Before publication, all submissions will be anonymized, and all identifying information will be removed. Under no circumstance will your name or the name of your perpetrator be released. In the form you will indicate how, where, and if any information you share will be published.
Some people who have experienced sexual violence on Penn’s campus have reported it to the administration. We want to give room to talk about Penn’s internal processes and how they support or fail to support survivors. It is CAFSA’s belief that the issues of violence and discrimination aren’t only about the actions themselves, but also the ways in which the systems in place fail to address them.
Your comfort and safety are CAFSA's priority. If at any point you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed, please do what you need to in order to take care of yourself. At the end of the form, there will be a list of confidential Penn and non-Penn resources made available to you.
Note: This form is anonymous. CAFSA has no way of tracking who fills it out, and will not contact you unless you provide contact information and indicate that you want to be contacted for a follow up. This form will likely take 10-15 minutes to complete.
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