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 empower students on Catholic academic campuses against sexual violence through education and advocacy.
We do this by advocating for survivors with their administrations and communities, offering education services to students and staff, and providing resources 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 encourage administrators to create safer policies and protections for all students and the academic community.
An academic community includes the students, the staff, and the alumni. All these facets of the community should have a voice that is heard when it comes to eliminating sexual violence.
Church leaders and organizers must understand sexual violence and initiate conversations about it, and we hope to contribute towards 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.
Survivors of sexual violence should be treated with respect during investigations.
Providing consent education does not contradict Catholic teachings on sexuality and should be available by default.
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 survivors of sexual violence and support them charitably in the aftermath of an attack.
ADVOCACY FOR ALL
Academic communities should be advocates for safer campuses and students without discrimination or judgement.