CERC Based at UMass Amherst, CERC is organizing our communities to support survivors, speak out against sexual violence & work towards a violence-free future.

CERC meets in the Campus Center, rooms will be announced via email and this page! Our meetings are open to UMass, 5 college students and community members! Visit our website for the work we've done so far~ View CERC's Survivor's Bill of Rights: http://bit.ly/UMass_SBOR UMass Amherst Title IX Website: https://www.umass.edu/titleix/ Twitter: @umasscerc Instagram: @umasscerc Email: [email protected] Website: umasscerc.weebly.com

Mission: Working towards a violence-free future.

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This is a great opportunity to work for a great program!
03/21/2018

This is a great opportunity to work for a great program!

Now Hiring for 2018-2019! Volunteer, Internship, Work Study opportunities and more. We provide extensive training in a supportive, personal atmosphere.
To Apply: www.umass.edu/cwc Application Priority Deadline is March 23rd, 2018

cw: sexual assault, white supremacy
11/02/2017
#MeToo: Gender violence does not exist without white supremacy

cw: sexual assault, white supremacy

In case you missed it, women are flooding social media this week to share our stories of sexual assault and harassment, using the hashtag #MeToo to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Though this should be obvious, in this moment it bears repeating: gender-based violence does not…

Submissions are still open for Nostras Voces, hosted by our friends at UMass Students for Reproductive Justice - USRJ! S...
10/30/2017

Submissions are still open for Nostras Voces, hosted by our friends at UMass Students for Reproductive Justice - USRJ! Send in a submission to be part of this great experience!

Doesn't Nostras Voces look like so much fun? Are you disappointed that you didn't submit something for this year's show?

It's not too late! Get involved!

Submissions are OPEN for Nostras Voces until November 5th! Have poetry, music, dance, or short stories that you want to share? Shoot us an email to participate in our show!

Nostras Voces is a student-run show that occurs every spring semester! The show focuses on aspects of identity such as race, ability, sexuality, gender and more!

TO SUBMIT: email your pieces to [email protected] by midnight on November 5th.

Can't wait to see what you submit!

cw: sexual assault, mass incarceration
10/29/2017
5 Things To Know About Latina Girls And The Sexual Abuse-To-Prison Pipeline

cw: sexual assault, mass incarceration

One in three young people arrested is a girl, and while girls make up just 14 percent of youth behind bars, they are the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system. It’s not violent crimes that are sending them to jail in high numbers, either. Oftentimes, the real offense committed is th

CERC is co-sponsoring an event next Thursday, a week from today! Tell all your friends!
10/26/2017

CERC is co-sponsoring an event next Thursday, a week from today! Tell all your friends!

cw: intimate partner violence, emotional abuse
10/26/2017
Surviving an Abusive Relationship - Know Your IX

cw: intimate partner violence, emotional abuse

Know that you have the right to be safe, and that your school has a legal obligation under Title IX to ensure that you can safely continue your education.

cw: discussions of mental health
10/16/2017
How I Tend to Mental Health at My Intersections

cw: discussions of mental health

Lighting candles, burning sage, going to therapy, accessing medication, praying, giving offerings to the ancestors have all been ways that I heal at the intersections of my beautifully complex existence.

Let’s Talk About Self Care
10/12/2017
Let’s Talk About Self Care

Let’s Talk About Self Care

It was when a Facebook friend of mine shared an article saying she couldn’t afford self-care that I realized how convoluted the message of self-care had become. I hadn’t given much thou…

cw: sexual assault
10/11/2017
8 Societal Barriers That Make It Hard to Report Sexual Assault - Everyday Feminism

cw: sexual assault

Any time sexual assault is brought up, chances are there will be voices complaining that "if they were really raped, they should go to the police." But that is far from fair. There are many reasons people don’t involve the police, none of which have to do with whether or not a rape actually happened...

cw: sexual assault
10/05/2017
Q&A: Sex After Sexual Trauma • The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health

cw: sexual assault

Each week, The CSPH answers questions asked on our site and through social media outlets like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. This week’s question is: What advice would you have for rape victims in order for he/she/phe to feel comfortable with sex again? Trigger Warning: This Q&A discusses sexual tra...

cw: sexual assault, victim blaming
10/04/2017
NY Post Continues to Be Terrible, Slut Shames Teenage Rape Survivor

cw: sexual assault, victim blaming

Why is one of New York City’s biggest tabloids illustrating their story about cops who allegedly raped a teenager with Facebook photos of the survivor in a bikini? Last week, an 18-year-old woman came forward to report that two New York cops raped her in a police van after she was pulled over while…

Finding What Works For You: 12 Ways You Can Be an Activist Without Going to a Protest
09/27/2017
Finding What Works For You: 12 Ways You Can Be an Activist Without Going to a Protest

Finding What Works For You: 12 Ways You Can Be an Activist Without Going to a Protest

While I believe wholeheartedly in protests, acts of resistance, and raising your voice, I have never felt comfortable at physical demonstrations. I often feel guilty about this—especially, when facing the question that’s all over Twitter right now: What would I have done during the Civil Right

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CWC IS NOW HIRING FOR FALL 2019 Volunteer, Internship, Work-study, & More…. Make a difference in your community & receive professional training! Benefits of Getting Involved: --Build your resume & increase employment opportunities Develop counseling skills and crisis intervention experience -Gain experience developing educational materials, providing human services, & coordinating projects -Earn credit for training and working -Network with professionals in the field, community agencies, and campus programs Apply Online: http://www.umass.edu/cwc/take-action/join-our-staff. Application priority deadline is March 22nd, 2019. All applications received by priority deadline will be considered. Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled. Our continued goal is to build a team that is fully representative of the community we serve. People of all majors, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, religions, abilities & ages are encouraged to apply.
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CLPP's 2018 conference, from "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom" will be held at Hampshire College from April 13th-15th. As always, student-led organizing plays an invaluable part in bringing the conference together. In the spring, CLPP Student Group forms six committees (descriptions provided in the application) to organize different aspects of the conference throughout the semester. Our committees are: Abortion Speak Out, Accessibility and Transportation, Childcare, Entertainment, Outreach, and Support Team. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in conference organizing, you can apply to be a co-chair for one of these six amazing committees! A couple of important things to note: CLPP Student Group meets at Hampshire College. If you are applying to be a co-chair, you must be available for our weekly meetings on Tuesday nights from about 5PM (there is wiggle room for start time) - 7:30/8PM. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]. I am more than happy to talk to folks about working with CLPP! You can find the application here:
Reproductive justice related job opportunity - applications due today! 5 College RJ students: Applications for CLPP Student Group Co-Coordinator close this Monday!! This is an amazing job opportunity, where you get to exercise a lot of agency and creative control. You will gain incredibly valuable experience in planning and facilitating meetings, working with students and staff towards common goals, planning and organizing events, outreach, networking, and of course, conference planning! I strongly encourage you to apply if you're even at all interested. I can answer any questions you may have!! Check out this post on the CLPP website, and follow the in-text link for the application itself.