Tribunal: Building the Movement to Fight Rape and Sexual Assault

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Thu, Dec 6, 2018 - 9:00pm to Fri, Dec 7, 2018 - 3:00am

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Public Tribunal: Building the Movement to Fight Rape and Sexual Assault featuring Aarefah Mosavi

“Justice does exist. Survivors across the world have asked where it is. I say, it’s in the palm of your hands! Those of us who have endured such atrocities are not the weak; those rapists are the failures of society. The rapists are the predators, and such people should pay dearly for what they have chosen to do!” -Aarefah Mosavi

*All are welcome and encouraged to speak*

•End the WSU Administrations Cover-up of Rape and Sexual Assault
•Trump, the Abuser-in-Chief Must Resign or Be Removed

The battle over the confirmation of sexual abuser Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has placed the fight for women’s rights and equality at the forefront of the anti-Trump, pro-democracy Resistance Movement. The brave heroism of Christine Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Elizabeth Rasor, Julie Swetnick, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who put themselves on the line to stop this dangerous step in Trump’s attacks on democracy, is the bold example we must follow. The debacle of abusive ranting and raving of the Republicans in support of Kavanaugh, met by the Democrats’ far too timid support for Christine Ford and ultimate refusal to fight to win, have placed the future of democracy in peril. Now is our moment to rise up and take the wheel- to assert the superior will and power of a mass movement fueled by dignity, righteous anger and hope for the future fighting with the fierce urgency of now.

Aarefah Mosavi is a hero and an example to all survivors of rape and sexual assault, and to the growing movement against misogyny and abuse. BAMN is holding this tribunal to draw lessons from Aarefah’s fight for justice, and the recent fight against Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The tribunal will provide survivors a public forum to speak out and assert our dignity and collective power, and to discuss and vote on concrete actions to fight rape and sexual assault, to expose and hold rapists accountable, and to build the Resistance movement against Trump and his racist, misogynist movement.

Before the #metoo movement, Aarefah Mosavi started a courageous groundbreaking fight for justice by publicly naming and exposing Chester Brown, the man who raped her, and the administrators at her campus -Mount San Antonio College in CA-who compounded the trauma of the rape by attempting to silence her, and to protect and cover for Chester Brown.

Aarefah refused to be silenced. She joined BAMN and began a public campaign and through BAMN’s legal team filed a lawsuit against Chester Brown and the Mt. SAC administration. Her brave stand immediately inspired other survivors to come forward. Women’s groups have invited her to speak on campuses across California. The movement for Justice for Aarefah grew tremendously, with growing marches, rallies and mobilizations to each of her court hearings. Despite a recent shameful verdict in her trial, in which the tyrannical judge banned the word “rape” and “metoo” from being spoken, Aarefah’s fight succeeded in exposing Chester Brown, warning others to keep him from preying on other women, and ultimately forcing him to leave the campus because he could no longer show his face. Several of the administrators involved in the cover-up were so scandalized they had to resign.

First Aarefah Mosavi, then the #metoo movement, have shown that rapists and sexual offenders can be held accountable publicly, scrutinized and isolated in the public eye, made to bear the shame and burden of their atrocious acts, and not their victims. Under the biggest misogynist president Donald Trump, and the scandalous confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, it is more important than ever that we continue to speak out and take action to hold rapists and abusers accountable. For that our movement needs more heroes and leaders like Aarefah Mosavi. Join us.

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University of Michigan, 1469 Mason Hall

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