Us, too


The Daily Iowan; Photos by Lily

Candles burn during the UI Sister Vigil for Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault on the Pentacrest on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The event included letter writing to Iowa senators and the signing of thank you state of Iowa flags to senators fighting the withdrawal of Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Note from the editor: A hashtag movement took over social-media feeds last week. Based on the number of stories shared and acts of solidarity I saw on my personal feed, #MeToo puts into perspective how common sexual harassment and sexual assault really is. The movement is not meant to spark pity or express pain but instead a combined effort to spread awareness.

Sexual harassment: Unwanted frequent sexual comments or advances. Legally actionable harassment in the workplace might include: when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature.

Sexual assault: A form of sexual violence, including rape, groping, unwanted touching, and torture in a sexual manner.

As the editor in chief of our campus newspaper, the volume of online statements I have seen from friends, classmates, and peers is so loud that I feel it is time to make a statement of our own. Our action is an effort to let others who identify with the #MeToo movement know they are not alone, whether that’s online or here on campus.

Daily Iowan staff

Grace Pateras — Editor in chief

Madeleine Neal — Politics editor

Ben Smith — Photo editor

Lily Smith — Photo editor

Courtney Baumann — Football editor

Tessa Solomon — Projects editor

Elianna Novitch — Digital editor

Marissa Payne — Digital editor

Olivia Sun — Digital editor

Lucee Laursen — Opinions writer

Julia DiGiacomo — News reporter

Susanna Klooster — DITV reporter

University of Iowa Student Government

Lilián Sánchez — Vice President

Lindsey Rayner — Director of the Cabinet

Lauren Phalen — Secretary

Logan Pillard — Director of communications

Vivian Le — Media-relations manager

Bailey Carroll — Director of external relations

Eden DeWald — Director of sustainability

Hira Mustafa — Health and safety liaison

Hallee Haygood — Speaker of the Senate

Graduate & Professional Student Government

Kriti Anand — Allocations committee member

Lexie Finer — Allocations committee member

Danielle Thomas — Allocations committee member


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