Student focused,
survivor driven.

Empowering students on Catholic campuses against a culture of violence and seeking to hold administrators to a higher standard.

WHAT WE DO

Empowering all students and holding Catholic institutions to a higher standard

Dinah’s Voice is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual violence on Catholic high school and college campuses and ensure accountability from academic administrators.

We do this by engaging with students, offering support for survivors, and helping the institution’s communty hold these administrators accountable for the safety and well-being of the student body with the implementation of positive policies and resources compatible with Catholic theology to change a culture of sexual violence that is pervasive within academic environments.

STUDENT EMPOWERMENT

Students are our main focus and therefore also the very ones we want to empower to change the culture on their campuses, especially among their fellow peers.

ADMINISTRATIVE ENGAGEMENT

Change can only occur with a cooperative and understanding administration. We want to help administrators create safer policies and protections for students in a manner that is compatible with Catholic theology.

COMMUNITY COOPERATION

Schools are integral parts of every community. Students live, work, and play within the community, and so it’s important for others to become aware and educated, to promote a better society for all.

CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

Upholding the dignity of human persons is an intrinsic aspect of the Catholic faith. 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.

CHANGING INSTITUTIONAL CULTURE AROUND SEX CRIMES

IT STARTS AT THE TOP

Institutional commitment to holistic education and human dignity must be the starting point if any meaningful cultural change is going to occur around the stigma of sexual violence an the survivors of these crimes.

EDUCATION

Students should be informed about their rights and options under Title IX and the Clery Act.

FAITH

Survivors have spiritual needs and should be welcomed by their faith leaders.

HUMAN DIGNITY

Victims of sexual violence deserve to be treated with respect during investigations.

HUMAN SEXUALITY

Informing students about consent does not contradict Catholic teachings on sexuality.

IT’S NOT JUST A LEGAL MATTER

IT’S ABOUT THE GOSPELS

Following the legal directives and implementing proper response protocol, while extremely important, do not go far enough in promoting the Gospel values Catholic institutions are founded on and espouse.  It is a matter of vocally demanding that our institutions be the communities they claim to be: communities that promote the flourishing of all human beings. Continued silence will only wound.

INITIATIVE

Let people know that it’s ok to talk about it, it’s ok to report it, and  it’s ok to come forward.

PREVENTION

Provide students with the tools and resources they need to be aware of red flags.

RESPECT HUMAN DIGNITY

People are called to uphold the dignity of victims of sexual violence and supporting them in the aftermath of an attack.

SPEAK UP

it is not enough to merely decry rape culture — communities must be vocal in demanding that institutions promote the well-being of all human persons.

Latest Posts

A response to the recent CNA article about FUS and Title IX

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Resources for Survivors

We hope to curate a comprehensive resource library for survivors, including support centers, books, and mobile apps that can all be beneficial in the recovery process.

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Leadership

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Dinah’s Voice is overseen by an Executive Board as well as an Advisory Council with external consultants.

Adele Chapline Smith

Executive Director

Donna Provencher

Director of Communications

Bridget Randolph

Interim Director of Public Policy

Contact us

Reach out to Dinah’s Voice at info@dinahsvoice.org or use the form below