Ohio University’s Take Back the Night march does not take place in a vacuum. Sexual assault and gender equality have been critical topics of debate on campus, especially since Fall Semester 2013. The alleged rape on Court Street that October — and the resulting national media coverage — came on the heels of slut-shaming accusations against the Student Senate president and a controversy involving the Marching 110’s last-minute decision to nix “Blurred Lines” from its set. That semester also saw the formation of FuckRapeCulture, an activist group that has been prominent on campus ever since.
One of the most recent conversation-starters on campus was a visit on Feb. 16 from Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson, who gave a lecture titled “Abandoning Due Process: Campus Sexual Assault and Presumptions of Guilt.” The talk sparked a student protest, and discussion of the talk and the protest were heated on social media.
Below is a Storify exhibiting some of the tweets, photos, reports and letters from the lecture and its aftermath. The debate surrounding the talk and the protest is illustrative of the environment in which issues involving sex or gender exist at OU.
Peruse the posts below and click on them to see how others replied to and interacted with them.
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