CMC students have come together this week in a remarkable show of support for consent culture and survivors of sexual assault. From Monday, April 28 to Friday, May 2, students stopped by tables set up outside Collins and Appleby at lunchtime to jot down reasons why CMC needs to promote consent culture and encourage an Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault group. The event was spearheaded by Clancy Tripp ‘15, who, in a recent article posted on The Forum, discussed her new campaign to fight sexual violence at CMC and to establish an on-campus group that could provide support to survivors, including a hotline staffed by students. After creating a petition to increase awareness about the need for this type of group, she reached out to other students who were passionate about tackling the issue of sexual assault at CMC.

“Seeing so many students come out and support our mission was truly inspiring,” said Tripp about the “I Support CMC Consent Culture Because…”  event on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. “Women and men from many different friend groups and backgrounds stood together to support survivors in our community.”

Tripp’s efforts have succeeded in capturing the attention of the CMC administration; she says that Deans Vos and Spellman have had an overwhelmingly positive response. Tripp and others involved with the budding advocates group have a meeting with the deans scheduled for next week to discuss and hopefully catalyze some major projects that will tackle these issues.

As for the advocate group’s next step, those involved hope to seek funding for a hotline for survivors of sexual assault. They also will strive to educate students about consent and creating a safe and supportive campus environment. According to Tripp, the group is working on creating a Men Against Violence group for those who would feel more comfortable in that setting.

“It is my personal hope that this momentum will continue as we seek funding. In the future our group hopes to expand education about and awareness of sexual assault and violence on our campus, support survivors, and prevent future incidents,” said Tripp.

The immense show of support for creating a culture of consent, as well as compassion for survivors of sexual assault, was an auspicious start to the growing movement to address the problem of sexual assault at CMC.

Tripp said, “Once again, thanks CMC, to all of you who came out these past few days.  Your interest in learning more and supporting your peers reminds me of why I love CMC so much.”

Anyone interested in getting involved with Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault should contact [email protected] or like the group’s Facebook page (