The ongoing efforts of the #MeToo movement have sparked nationwide activism, and student club Know the No is striving to be the space for those discussions on the JJC campus.
Founded by Hattie Wren, Coal City, in early 2016, Know the No’s initial purpose was to bring awareness and provide resources for sexual and domestic abuse survivors, a service its founders didn’t see in the community of student clubs.
“I felt that students should be aware of their resources when in need and also be knowledgeable of their rights on campus and even off campus,” Wren said.
As membership in the club grew, so did the group’s focus. Now, almost three years after its founding, the group has expanded the topics they address during meetings to encompass the ongoing movement for women’s rights, even attending the Chicago Women’s March in January of 2018.
“We took the opportunity to bond with one another and try to brainstorm ideas as to what we could possibly do similar to this but for the college,” Wren said.
Club adviser Jonathan Feit, also a coordinator of student conduct at JJC, joined the club last year and feels that rights of assault survivors have never been more at risk.
“[President Trump has] created an administration focused on downgrading and degrading women’s issues and health. It’s so important for our students to know that they’re not alone and there is a strong group of people out there willing to voice their concerns too,” Feit said.
Along with their participation in the Women’s March, the group also recently held a women’s self-defense demonstration on the JJC bridge.
Other projects are currently in the works as well. An event dedicated to the memory of University of Utah student Lauren McClusky, who was killed by her stalker late last month, is currently in the works.
“Creating an event in her name will not only remind those of her story but will also bring awareness to dangers of stalking and what resources are available to those that may need help in their lives or in the life of someone they may know,” Wren said.
Know the No meets every Thursday at 3 p.m. in D1010. According to both Wren and Feit, new members are always welcome.
Submitted and written by Joseph Garcia, a student of JJC.
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