Dishonor Roll

The past year has been a blur of #MeToo stories and reckonings with entertainment and media power machines that have abused and then silenced countless women (though not only women, of course). While these stories continue to find the light, however, it’s critical that journalists not overlook another realm where women are regularly failed by powerful institutional silence: Colleges and universities. Statistics from the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) show that 23.1 percent of female undergraduates and 5.4 percent of male undergraduates experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.

The topic of campus sexual assault has been in and out of the headlines for decades, but in a time when news never stops breaking, it’s crucial that media outlets remember that campus sexual assault matters more than ever. The #DishonorRoll is our effort to make sure that happens. Made possible by a grant from The Media Consortium, #DishonorRoll is a partnership that highlights stories that often fly under the radar of mainstream news. Twice a month, a broad consortium of outlets working with project editors at Bitch Media publish stories covering different aspects of campus sexual assault, from Title IX noncompliance at Catholic colleges to the impact of campus sexual assault on Muslim students.

Our hope for this project is to highlight the students, activists, and advocates whose daily lives on campus involve making campuses safer for students and ensuring justice for survivors. Campus sexual assault has always been a divisive issue, and #DishonorRoll is our effort to resist a simplistic narrative.

Andi Zeisler
{ Bitch Media }
Released: January 31, 2018
Madison Pauly
{ Mother Jones }
Released: February 22, 2018
s.e. smith
{ Bitch Media }
Released: February 28, 2018
Vanessa Taylor
{ Alternet }
Released: March 19, 2018
Heidi Schlumpf
{ National Catholic Reporter }
Released: March 23, 2018
Jenn Morson
{ National Catholic Reporter }
Released: April 16, 2018
Caroline Reilly
{ Bitch Media }
Released: June 4, 2018
Sherronda Brown
{ Wear Your Voice }
Released: June 25, 2018
Kerry Cardoza
{ Truthout }
Released: June 30, 2018
Heidi Schlumpf
{ National Catholic Reporter }
Released: July 17, 2018
Eryn Ashleigh Mathewson (host), Evette Dionne, Amos Jackson, Kyla Wright (contributors)
Released: September 11, 2018
Eleanor J. Bader
{ Truthout }
Released: August 17, 2018
Jenn Morson
{ National Catholic Reporter }
Released: October 9, 2018
Becca Andrews
{ Mother Jones }
Released: October 1, 2018
Lara Witt
{ Wear Your Voice }
Released: October 18, 2018
Katie Mitchell
{ Wear Your Voice }
Released: October 26, 2018
Melissa Mayer
{ Political Research Associates }
Released: December 3, 2018
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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