Creating Feminist Informed Sexual Assault Policy in a Small Rural College: The Clery Act and Beyond

Lisa Leduc, University of Maine at Presque Isle
Matthew B. Johnson, University of Maine at Presque Isle

This paper presents an ethnographic case study of the development of sexual assacult policy and procedures in a small rural college. The authors were part of a Task Force created to recommend policy revisions after a controversial student survey found high rates of under reporting and a general lack of knowledge of policy among the campus community. The roadblocks encountered in developing feminist informed recommendations and the tensions around Clery Act compliance issues are discussed. These discussions are situated within the specific challenges faced in a small rural setting and connected to wider issues found across the discipline (definitional) problems; victim-blaming discourses; and patriarchal cultural supports).

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