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Required participation for ‘Not Anymore’

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By Cantaberry Yonathan, Keith Norem
On May 3, 2016

The “Not Anymore” online program is an effective countermeasure toward lowering the high numbers of sexual assault, dating, domestic violence and stalking incidences among college students. 

It is not a perfect solution but it is pretty decent at teaching new students and international students what or what not to do in situations such as parties, in cases of stalking or in witnessing domestic violence. 

I did not particularly enjoy taking the tests and watching the videos but I understood that it is vital, especially for new students who have never seen similar programs such as the “Not Anymore”.

According to the Official White House webpage, after President Obama launched the “It’s On Us” initiative in 2014, it became compulsory for all campuses and universities in the U.S. to mandate students to go through training such as “Not Anymore” for the purposes of lowering the numbers of sexual assault. 

The set-up for “Not Anymore” is one of the most convenient ways for students to go through the compulsory training, as it allows the student to review the material in private and in their own time.    

It is important for students to take the training because it is a small price to pay to prevent unfortunate scenarios from happening. Some students may not have been taught what is appropriate or inappropriate in certain situations. The “Not Anymore” program makes up for that. 

The program is also an important step to take for international students who may not be used to the cultural and social norms of America. 

Depending on what cultural or social norms the student grew up with, their approach in specific social situations might either make them seem intimidating or gullible. 

Thus, the “Not Anymore” program is important for all students to undertake.

The “Not Anymore: Gender Violence” program idea and presentation is a very admirable campaign.  It appears to have been made and directed in high esteem.  The presentation itself is also very engaging especially for the topic and it is hard not to emotionally bond with many, if not all, of the participants.

With that being said, I oppose the presentation for a very different constitution.  The way it is being delivered is outrageous.

Students are forced to not only watch this presentation but also to pass a test at the end. The test deems students worthy to register for classes at KCC, receive grades or have the school accept a graduation application.

It reminds me of the “seatbelt law.”  This began in 1985 when the states, one by one, started forcing everyone to wear a seatbelt.  Before that, wearing a seatbelt was up to each individual. In fact, some cars did not even have seat belts. 

This does not mean that the laws for child car seats or seat belts in general are not valid and proper. It just seems like it should be a person’s choice to use them or not. 

Likewise, the Not Anymore program is valid but the way it is shoved down students’ throat seems barbaric.  If the school wants everyone to watch it, perhaps it should have been shown in classes on the first day of the semester, after professors take roll and discuss the syllabus.

The test appears to be for two possible reasons. First, it acts as an attendance verification, which an in-class roll call could satisfy. 

Two, taking a test helps to weed out or identify those who seem likely act out the heinous acts the program seeks to suppress. Personally, it seems doubtful someone would be foolish enough to self-identify as a potential criminal.

Overall, I dislike being forced in an ugly manner to take part in such a worthwhile cause.

     

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