Consciousness-Raising at Oberlin College During the Second Wave: Gender and Sexuality Conferences and Workshops

Part 1: Student-Focused Consciousness Raising     |      Part 2: Staff-Focused Consciousness Raising
Part 3: Administrative Response to Consciousness Raising    |     Appendices

Appendix 1: Student Sexuality and Rape Survey     |     Appendix 2: Details from the GLCA Survey
Appendix 3: Report from the Council on Campus Relations and Sexual Harassment

Introduction to the Appendices

Content Warning: discussion of rape and sexual assault.

The appendices for this collection contains three additional documents that relate to campus sexual harassment and assault in the 1970s and 1980s. These documents do not deal directly with the workshops mentioned in the collection, but are part of the larger conversation happening on campus at this time. They are intended to serve as supplements to the discussion of consciousness raising workshops with the general project, and deal more with the concrete experiences of students on campus and the administrative response.

The first is a letter containing a summary of the results of a survey conducted by two students, Rachael Silverman and Sandy Welsh, after a high profile rape occurred on campus. They asked both male and female students about their experiences with unwanted sexual activity, harassment and rape on campus. It also offered recommendations for the college.

The second is a selection of responses from the GLCA Survey mentioned in Document 7. This survey was conducted by the Great Lakes Colleges Association in 1987 on female Oberlin students, and asked questions on the presence of gender discrimination and harassment in a variety of campus settings, as well as polling respondents on the resources available to them in cases of harassment or sexual assault.

The third is the beginning of the 1987-88 report for the The Council on Campus Relations and Sexual Harassment on Oberlin College, chaired by Jan Cooper and Ray English. It details the purpose of the organization, its activities and outreach, and the training received by its members. It also summarizes many of the complaints that it received, a number of which are transcribed here.