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Catherine Kaukinen Discusses New Book on Violence Against College Women
Friday, July 21, 2017
From left, Hughes Miller, Ráchael Powers and Catherine
Kaukinen collaborated to co-edit a new book released this year called
"Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses." Photo by
Rion Sabean, College of Arts & Sciences, USF
A new book, "Addressing Violence Against Women on
College Campuses," was released in July 2017. The book
explores many topics concerning women and violence on college and
university campuses nationwide, including sexual, dating and
intimate partner violence and stalking against women. The book was
a collaborative endeavor with Catherine Kaukinen, chair of the
Department of Criminal Justice at UCF, and two professors from the
University of South Florida - Ráchael A Powers, associate professor
and graduate director in the Department of Criminology, and
Michelle Hughes Miller, associate professor in the Department of
Women's and Gender Studies. Kaukinen sat down with me to speak
about the book.
What does it mean to co-edit a book versus co-write a
book? With our book originally, the publisher wanted the
three of us, who are editors, to write the entire book ourselves.
We considered that and we decided that the reason that we chose to
do an edited volume was … the perspectives that we wanted to
include in the book. This included Title IX coordinators, victim
service providers, student activists and a diversity of theoretical
perspectives and expertise. Without those voices and perspectives,
we felt that the book would not have been as strong. But, as
editors, we contributed substantially to the edited book, which is
somewhat unusual. I contributed five chapters to the book and, as
editors, we contributed a total of nine of the 18 chapters.
What originally made you pursue this topic for the
book? It was actually the publisher who came to us with
the idea. Approximately two years ago, Temple University Press
decided they wanted to see this book. There is not really a book
like ours that focuses on the specific things that happened
particularly under the Obama administration or that has integrated
work from practitioners. Of anything I've done in the last 15-20
years, it's this book [that's most significant], and every day,
with all that I am seeing, I see this book is more and more
Why do you believe now is it more important for this
book to be out there? The leadership at the [U.S.]
Department of Education is beginning to speak very vocally on their
perceptions of the extent, dynamic and nature of sexual assault of
college students. Most recently, this includes statements that 90
percent of sexual assaults investigated are "drunken regret sex."
This statistic was quickly thrown out into the public with no
evidence or corroboration. And while the Department of Education
subsequently released a statement apologizing, it is really too
late. Here's the problem that I have with these types of
apologizes; you say something completely offensive, incorrect,
uncorroborated and demeaning, but now the narrative is out there.
Because that narrative is out there, you can't pull it back. The
narrative that is now in the mind of the public is that college
sexual violence is most often (90 percent of the time), both
parties were drunk and had drunken sex that one party regrets. This
is the narrative that the public will remember - not the apology.
They did not release a follow up statement that drew on the data we
do have on the nature and extent of sexual violence among college
students as we outline in our book. Importantly, our book
highlights how perpetrators use alcohol to immobilize and take
advantage of their victims. And that narrative is not getting out
there. We are not hearing about the impact of sexual violence and
how often women are victims. The majority of sexual violence is not
reported to campus authorities and those victims are suffering
alone. That needs to remain a central part of the discussion. To
understand sexual violence and its impact, we need the voices of
those victims. Our book is also a toolkit for campuses and those
charged with ensuring the safety of students. We have outlined in
our book the extent and nature of campus violence against woman,
factors that shape the culture and risk, federal and other
interventions, and directions for us to address the problem. I also
think universities have done really hard work to become in line
with federal legislation totally unfunded, including UCF, and this
is like a toolkit for them.
What do you hope the impact of this book will be on the
university level? I'd love to see universities make a bold
statement in saying, 'Even though we are not forced to do XYZ by
the federal government, we're still going to continue to do what we
are doing to prevent and respond to sexual violence because our
students matter more.' The dedication in this book is that women
who enter college in 2017 don't have to deal with what women had to
deal with upon entering college in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
Written by Drexler B. James '13
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