8/3/2014: Victor Flores has the story in the ODE:
The curtain was still smoldering when law enforcement arrived, according to a UOPD officer.
7/25/2014: Info on Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team’s sexual violence performance
There’s a minor debate in the comments about the effectiveness of theater as a way of changing student attitudes and behavior regarding sexual violence. I’m just an economist, but I’d bet a randomized trial would show this can be more effective than many alternatives, and that it should be a big part of the mandatory programs UO will be developing. The director of SWAT, Abigail Leeder, sends this explanation of her program:
My name is Abigail Leeder and I serve as the director of the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team. Someone just pointed me to the UO Matters blog comments about SWAT. I appreciated what I think might be your comments about theater as an educational tool. I have to admit that I am biased in this regard as I do believe it is an effective educational modality precisely because it does engage students on an emotional level around a topic that IS extremely emotional.
There is some mis-information about SWAT in some of the comments. The summer production of the play “It Can’t Be Rape” actually IS required for all incoming students who come for IntroDUCKtion and has been for over 10 years. This education is then supplemented by the on-line training tool that all students take before coming to campus which reinforces the messaging from the summer performance. It is correct that currently during the school year SWAT interactive peer-education workshops are scheduled by request – however, we are working on some outreach efforts targeted at communities that we think would benefit from the workshops. The peer educators present at classes, residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses and student organizations when requested (approximately 30-40 presentations per year). If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for one of your classes we would be happy to come in!
We all know we are up against huge cultural programming about sexuality and rape supportive beliefs. The SWAT trainings and the additional community engagement, speaker series’, campaigns and programs that I have been working on on this campus for nine years likely do not provide a completely adequate antidote to 18 years of cultural programming and it is not possible that they will completely eliminate sexual violence on our campus. However, I know that there is always more to do, and am appreciating the current campus dialogue that is engaging many more people around this issue. Perhaps together we can really make a difference.
There are two more sessions this summer of the SWAT play at IntroDUCKtion. Is there a chance you could make it to one of them? Thursday, July 31 and Sunday, August 3 at 4pm in the EMU Ballroom.