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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 faith leaders.
Victims of sexual violence deserve to be treated with respect during investigations.
Informing students about consent does not contradict Catholic teachings on sexuality.
Let people know that it’s ok to talk about it, it’s ok to report it, and it’s ok to come forward.
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.
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.
LeadershipView Full Team
Dinah’s Voice is overseen by an Executive Board as well as an Advisory Council with external consultants.
Adele Chapline Smith
Director of Communications
Interim Director of Public Policy