WHAT WE DO
Empowering Catholic academic communities to create safer campuses and combat rape culture.
Dinah’s Voice is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to provide prevention information and consent education to Catholic academic communities, develop resources for survivors as well as improve administrative responses to sexual violence crimes.
We do this by engaging with students, offering support for survivors, and helping the institution’s communty improve upon the safety and well-being of the student body with the implementation of positive policies. We also seek to provide resources compatible with Catholic theology to change a culture of sexual violence that is pervasive within academic environments.
Students are our main focus and the very ones we want to empower to change the culture on their campuses, especially among their fellow peers.
We want to help administrators create safer policies and protections for students in a manner that is compatible with Catholic theology.
An academic community includes the students, the staff, the local population, and the alumni. All these facets of the community should have a voice that is heard when it comes to improving campus safety and awareness.
We want to help church leaders and organizers understand sexual violence and initiate conversations about it, in order to create a church culture where survivors feel safe coming forward.
Students should be informed about their rights and options under Title IX and the Clery Act.
Survivors have spiritual needs and should be welcomed by their pastors.
Victims of sexual violence should be treated with respect during investigations.
Providing consent education does not contradict Catholic teachings on sexuality and should be provided.
Let people know that it’s ok to talk about it, it’s ok to report it, and it’s ok to come forward. Fear should never be a reason to not report.
Provide students with the tools and resources they need to be aware of red flags in their relationships with others.
People are called to uphold the dignity of victims of sexual violence and support them charitably in the aftermath of an attack.
ADVOCACY FOR ALL
The Gospels call us to offer charity and aid to all those who need it. Communities should be encouraged to be advocates for safer campuses and students.