UAFC, URGE Panel Calls for Change in UA Staff Training on LGBT Sexual Assault
The University of Alabama Feminist Caucus and Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity UA hosted a panel discussion at Amelia Gorgas library, Room 205, last Wednesday to spread awareness about LGBTQIA+ sexual assault on campus, and raised complaints about the university not including the community in programs and training.
Isabelle Beauregard, URGE Vice President and UAFC Communication Coordinator, arranged a discussion with Ben Ray, a graduate student in Gender and Race Studies, Danielle Hurd, the AL State Organizer with URGE, and Nesha Smith, a Women and Gender Resource Center Victim’s Advocate, as the panelists to talk about the topic, "Sexual Assault and the Queer Community".
The panel identified issues within the university’s administration training, and mandated programs like AlcoholEDU and Haven that, Beauregard said, fails to include LGBT+ students. Ruben Martinez, Project Director of the upcoming organization LEAD, Let’s End All Discrimination, pointed out Haven’s attempt of inclusiveness through an example about domestic violence with two male names.
“It was just upsetting that the only form of educating individuals on LGBT issues in regards to consent and sexual assault was an example,” Martinez said.