Time’s Up, PC: Engage in Meaningful Discussion About Sexual Violence

by The Cowl Editor on January 25, 2018

Editor's Column

by Paige Calabrese ’18

Associate Editor-in-Chief

The spring semester is officially in full swing here at PC! Classes have commenced, homework has been assigned, and various events including guest speakers, dances, and themed activities have been planned. However, PC is not the only bustling community at the moment.

This past weekend, thousands of people in Providence alone participated in the Women’s March to stand in solidarity on the myriad of issues affecting women in the United States today. Thousands also participated in the March for Life to show support for pro-life beliefs, and today, after the deliverance of 156 victim impact statements, former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing the gymnasts he was supposed to be medically treating.

Reflecting on these three momentous events, take a moment to reach out to an important woman in your life whom you care about to thank her for her support, sacrifices, and unconditional love. Take on the responsibility of keeping the dialogue around prevention and accountability for sexual assault alive and powerful in 2018, so that Time Magazine never again has to declare “the silence breakers” as the people of the year.

Although we may think of this topic as not being incredibly relevant at PC, it is. It is, in fact, more relevant now than ever before.

We need to take the initiative to engage in productive, meaningful discussion throughout campus about what we at PC can do to end sexual violence, both on and off our campus.