Dr. Kristin’s Jacobson’s “Perspectives on Women” class held a tabling event to create awareness of the issues of date rape and domestic violence. A class activism project is a component of Dr. J’s class, and students researched ideas for an activism project that would be an example of feminist action. Each student presented their idea, with class discussion on each project, addressing these points:
- Is this a woman’s issue?
- Will this benefit from feminist action?
- Does this issue also affect men?
- Is this an issue only the Stockton campus?
- What type of class activism could address this problem?
The class voted and decided on action surrounding date rape and domestic violence. These are issues that affect men and women, on the Stockton campus and others around the country. The class felt an effective action would be an awareness campaign along with providing needed items for The Women’s Center. Free education and awareness pieces on these issues will be available at the tables. Students will also have an opportunity to help victims of domestic violence by donating items to residents and clients of the Atlantic County Women’s Center.
The Women’s Center provides counseling and shelter for women and children in Atlantic County. It was created in 1975 with its mission of “Empowering women by working to secure their physical safety, emotional well being, individual freedom, and economic equality”.
Tables were staffed December 6th from 10am to 2pm, December 7th from 10am to 6pm and December 8th from 10am to 2pm at various locations on the Stockton campus. All those donating received a free handmade bell ornament.
The class raised $300 in cash donations, $130 in gift card donations, and collected over 15 bags of clothing.