Last year, Alban Foulser directed students to Speak Out!, an event held in The Pit by the Project Dinah organization. Members of the group read anonymous testimonials from survivors of sexual assault to students and onlookers.

SpeakOut! event gives a voice to survivors' stories

Project Dinah will be providing a safe space for the discussion and reflection on sexual assault and interpersonal violence with their semiannual SpeakOut! event Wednesday. 


Sexual Assault

In December 2012, two UNC female victims of sexual assault spoke up about what they said was a deeply rooted problem with the University’s handling of sexual misconduct — one that they said was inappropriate, time-consuming and traumatic. Those allegations drove three current students, one former student and one former administrator to file a complaint against the University with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that UNC facilitated a hostile environment for victims reporting sexual assault. 

To help bring the University into compliance with the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter, the University has also hired Ew Quimbaya-Winship to serve as UNC’s Deputy Title IX Officer, or student complaint coordinator, starting March 11, 2013.

The University's Sexual Assault Task Force convenes for the first time in May 2013 to address changing the University's misconduct policies related to sexual assault.

On Aug. 28, 2014, the University released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

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Protestors marched from the Peace and Justice Square on Franklin Street to the Department of Public Safety on Friday evening. Demonstrators came together in solidarity to speak out against UNC's sexual assault policy.

Protest highlighted survivors' voices

Shouts of “justice delayed is justice denied” and “students safety before reputation” were heard down Franklin Street as students and community members gathered for a Standing with Survivors Rally at the Peace and Justice Plaza Friday evening.