Annie Clark and Andrea Pino are activists at the forefront of the movement to end the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. More than 20% of women and 5% of men are assaulted during their college careers. Student activists are just starting to expose the pervasive cover-up lead by colleges and campus institutions to keep survivors quiet.
In We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence Speak Out, Clark and Pino share the details of their own experiences of sexual violence, as well as give a platform to a diverse group of fellow survivors.
We Believe You elevates the stories of more than thirty students from every kind of college and university beyond the headlines to present experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves.
For Clark and Pino, the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses might have stayed largely hidden and unaddressed. In 2013, they filed a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for mishandling their sexual assault cases; within six weeks the U.S. government was investigating UNC. They have since co-founded End Rape on Campus and have helped survivors file a portion of Title IX complaints against more than 200 colleges and counting. They are prominently featured in the documentary "The Hunting Ground."
In conversation with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
Annie E. Clark is a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, and a lead complainant in the Title IX and Clery complaints against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science. She has a certificate in business, and is a former administrator at the University of Oregon. She is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, MSNBC, and The Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae. After directly working with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act. In 2013, she was listed alongside President Barack Obama as one of the most influential forces in higher education, and she is featured in the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.
Kirsten E. Gillibrand was first sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. In November 2012, Gillibrand was elected to her first six-year Senate term with 72 percent of the vote, winning 60 of New York’s 62 counties.
Andrea L. Pino is a co-founder of End Rape On Campus, and the Director of Policy & Support. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Political Science. Her activism has been featured in the The New York Times, Vogue, CNN, Good Morning America, as well as many other media outlets. She has appeared as a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry show, and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2013, she became the first student featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, and was listed on the Huffington Post's most influential forces in higher education list. Her work and personal journey is prominently featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.