Reinstatement of The Advocacy Center to provide confidential sexual assault support services at Syracuse University
  • Petitioning Syracuse University

This petition will be delivered to:

Office of the Chancellor
Syracuse University
Office of the Chancellor
Chancellor Kent Syverud

Reinstatement of The Advocacy Center to provide confidential sexual assault support services at Syracuse University

    1. Erin Carhart
    2. Petition by

      Erin Carhart

      Syracuse, United States

On May 30, 2014, the Syracuse University community received an email from our Chancellor stating the various changes that have been made or will be made in the coming days, months, and years. As part of his slated changes, The Advocacy Center (formerly known as The R.A.P.E. Center), which provides sexual assault resources and support to college students, was announced to be closed June 4th, 2014. The services of the AC will be redirected as part of the Counseling Center at SU. According to the Chancellor's memo: "Under the new structure, the Counseling Center will serve as the primary entry point for students who have been impacted by sexual violence and who need access to confidential and privileged services."

However, as sexual assault awareness advocates, we know this does not work. We know that placing these services under an umbrella of mental health services does not work. We know that consolidating these services within a larger pool of health services does not work. We know that making excuses of confidentiality clauses and employee responsibilities does not work. We know that mandating reporting of sexual assaults does not work. We know that forcing survivors to go through channel after channel to receive services does not work.

But we know what does work. We know that The Advocacy Center at SU provided a safer space for students to come forward with their experiences and heal. We know the AC provided education and volunteer work for students seeking to better their community. We know the AC was there for any student that needed them. We know the AC worked. Help us #BringBacktheAC by signing this petition to show SU that students know what works! 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Rally for Consent -- Tomorrow 12pm @ Syracuse University

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends,

      I hope that this message finds each of you well as the summer has almost come to a close.

      I write you this evening with important information for you to share with your networks and across your communities. Tomorrow at Syracuse University on the steps of Hendricks Chapel students, faculty, staff, survivors, supporters, allies, and friends will gather to rally for consent. This event comes after the decision made by Chancellor Syverud to close the Advocacy Center at SU. The very same feeling that stirred inside of me and drove me to begin this petition some three months ago is the very same passion that has brought about the community demanding to see change in Syracuse.

      The message is clear: Syracuse University continues to NOT ask for consent and does NOT respect the voices of students. We must rally together to show our administration that we refuse to be silenced.

      Join our movement. Join us as we rally for consent tomorrow, 9/17 @ 12pm at Hendricks Chapel steps! Bring along a friend or two, and share this news! Change is only possible with you.

      With love,
      Erin Carhart

      For more information see here:
      https://www.facebook.com/SAatSU/photos/a.303413736855.156807.287279776855/10152237465046856/?type=1&theater

      For online community see here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bringbacktheac/

    2. Updated Link to Online Community

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters -

      Now if our opposition doesn't know what kind of community we are, then they should see the inbox full of messages you all sent telling me our online community link is broken! I'm telling you a community that has got your back is one you don't want to mess with!

      Thank you all for reaching out and without further ado here is the updated link to our online community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bringbacktheac/

      Please join us and continue sharing your stories, your voices, and your resources!

      In solidarity,
      Erin Carhart

      eringcarhart@gmail.com
      www.facebook.com/eringcarahart

    3. We're not done yet!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Dear fearless supporters!

      It is with much gratitude that I write you one more time.

      No words can truly describe the amount of appreciation my fellow organizers and I have for each of you. Each and every one of your signatures has completely transformed our vision for this movement. Over 8,000 people signed on to petition a decision that has deeply impacted the student body at Syracuse University, and that my friends is a huge testament to our work.

      In the next months, our team of organizers is working diligently to develop a clear action plan for the fall semester. We are looking to translate the momentum we've gained here to the work we will do in next few months. We will rally, we will march, and we will show up. Therefore, we are asking you that you take action with us now. We ask you to join our community here: www.facebook.com/bringbacktheAC. Keep in touch with the media. When you hear a story similar to ours, share it. Post on our group and tell us your story: Why is bringing back the AC so important to you?

      Becoming a part of our online community is the first step in taking larger action with us moving forward. The movement is not possible without your voices. You are the foundation, you are the fire, you are what makes this work.

      Please join us. Join us in fighting for what's right.

      With so much love and appreciation,
      Erin Carhart

      eringcarhart@gmail.com
      www.facebook.com/eringcarhart

    4. Reached 8,000 signatures
    5. "We didn't think about it"

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters,

      Those were the words that we heard yesterday at the first listening meeting at Syracuse University: "We didn't think about it." As you well know, these listening meetings are coming at a time after over 7,500 signatures have been collected and over 75 faculty signatories have signed a message urging the Chancellor to rescind his decision to close the Advocacy Center.

      However, the response we have received from the administration was this: listening meetings in the summer months. Yet, these listening meetings don't come with a specific goal in mind. Rather, they are filled with senior administrators urging our campus community (of course only those who are even on campus in the summer) to know they hear us but will not change the status of the Advocacy Center.

      Therefore, to me, what that means is they don't want to listen, they don't care about our voices, and they are afraid. I urge you to stand with me and call our administration to action by notifying your parents, alumni, friends, donors, and board members. We know this university does not run simply through the hands of the administration, but through many parties that care deeply about it's students and community. Share our petition wide, and do not be fooled. We have the ability to create change, and we have the power to bring justice. Will you join me?

      In solidarity,
      Erin Carhart

      eringcarhart@gmail.com
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/bringbacktheac/
      #BringBackTheAC

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. Over 4,000 signatures strong!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Over this weekend and early this week, we've made it pretty clear that we are a strong community of activists ready and armed for a fight. We know this because we've collected over 4,000 signatures in nearly five days. Therefore, we think we can do even better. We've upped our goal to 10,000. That's right you heard it - 10,000. However, today was also very sad as we said goodbye to our dear friend and employee of the AC, Mel, as her position with the Advocacy Center was eliminated due to the restructuring and removal of the AC. Please stand with us and help us turn out the signatures. We need to #BringBacktheAC. Check out out great articles on buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/powerful-statements-from-sexual-assault-activists
      http://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/syracuse-university-to-close-advocacy-center-for-sexual-assa

      27 Powerful Statements From Sexual Assault Activists

      "Changing the culture of rape requires us to be proactive, not reactive." ..

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures
    9. Wow, just WOW!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      For those of you who don't know, this petition began just TWO days ago. Can you believe that? We've collected over 2,500 signatures in two days. Wow, just WOW!

      In the midst of anger and frustration, a very beautiful and large supporter based has been build with story after story of your unwavering support of the Advocacy Center. You all are working together, raising your voices together, to effect positive change on our campus. We've reached half way to our goal of 5,000, and if we can reach 5,000 in the next day or two that just might show our administration that we are here and we are not going away. We've started collecting pictures with folks holding up signs with "#BringBackTheAC because..." Submit yours here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.223189364558637&type=1

      THANK YOU again to our fearless supporters!

      Much love,
      Erin

    10. Reached 2,500 signatures
    11. Over 2,300 signatures collected!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      The continued support from all of you is overwhelming. As I'm sure some of you have done already, I've been reading through the comments below and each fuels me with such pride. Knowing what a strong, loving, and courageous community this is drives me, gives me the courage to keep pushing forward and fighting for justice. Your voice matters, all of our voices matter. There is nothing that will prevent us from shouting that from the rooftops! 2,385 signatures and counting!

    12. Reached 2,000 signatures
    13. Over 1,000 Signatures! YOU did that!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Folks - We are in awe of the amazing support we are receiving from you all and your networks! We have reached well over 1,000 signatures in less than a day. Your words of support are pouring in, and we just want to thank you. Thank you for fearlessly supporting the AC. Thank you for standing in solidarity with us. Let's keep this fight alive and strong! Continue to share friends! ~Erin

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. GOAL Increase!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Given your tremendous support, we've decided to up our goal in number of signatures! With this network of fearless supporters, we can do anything! 672 and counting! Share this page folks!

    16. Almost to half way! 493 Signatures!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      We are almost to our half way mark folks! We have done some amazing organizing in the last 10 hours. The organizers are impressed, but not surprised at the wild support you all have given these efforts. Keep sending the petition to your networks and let's collect these signatures!

    17. Reached 500 signatures
    18. 43 Signatures So Far!

      Erin Carhart
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your wild support! This petition is off to a rocking start! We have 43 so far and need more! Share with your networks! Share with all! Let's show the chancellor that we know what works! #BringBacktheAC #SyracuseU

    19. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Grimaldi NORTH SYRACUSE, NY
      • 21 days ago

      I have two daughters,

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Carla Linnett GREENWICH, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      All young people should have this service ----male or female.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • charlie hill SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because Kent is a Cunt.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Matt Jaffee TIBERIUS, ISRAEL
      • about 1 month ago

      Isn't sighting it enough. This is a stupid effen question

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Lauren Devine STAMFORD, CT
      • about 1 month ago

      The AC helped me through a terrible experience when I had no where else to go. I felt cared for and understood by the helpful liaisons there when everyone else was pushy and insensitive. The work of the AC is so important. I feel that it is impossible to understand how valuable a resource it is until you experience it personally. Please reinstate this vital resource for future students.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.