Students Supporting Survivors (S3) is a grassroots organization formed in response to the culture, policies and structures at Emerson College that perpetuate sexual violence.
Emerson College students have grown frustrated with the inadequate enforcement of Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy, as well as with the growing need to provide resources for survivors of sexual harassment and assault.
Our goal is to fill these gaps by finding accurate information on Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy, insisting that Emerson College enforces its existing policies/procedures, and make changes to these policies and procedures when necessary.
We also work to provide resources for survivors that are comprehensive, intersectional, compassionate and empowering. We are looking to create a campus that holds people and institutions accountable for their actions and takes an innovative and survivor-centered approach against sexual violence. Ultimately, S3 seeks to create a campus that is eventually entirely free of sexual violence.
To advocate on behalf of survivors, putting the needs of survivors first.
To educate students with up to date information about Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy/history.
To provide resources for survivors that are comprehensive, intersectional, compassionate and empowering.
To insist Emerson follow it’s existing policy and procedures, and advocate for new ones when necessary.
To encourage a support system within the student body.
To reach out to those doing similar grassroots work on campus and at other colleges.
To hold meetings periodically throughout each semester, where we discuss the work we are doing, and ask students for their input on our ideas.
To coordinate with other existing groups on campus, to continue and support the efforts they have already started.
To create artistic spaces for survivors, the loved ones of survivors and advocates to express their experiences so we all know we are not alone.
To organize political events to create direct action towards combating sexual violence.
Most importantly, we are looking to collaborate with Emerson students, to create a unified collective of students who will let the administration know that we are concerned and will continue to be concerned, and continue to make our voices heard until we see the kind of change and compassion towards survivors that we believe is our right as students.