Sexual Assault and JMU’s Hidden Figures

As writers, we have a responsibility to use our skills to bring issues to light. I use my journalist experience, sociological studies, and overall concern as a citizen in this article to give statistical grounding to the issue of sexual assault that continues on my own campus at JMU and across the nation.

ShoutOut! JMU

The following post was written by guest blogger, Stephen Roddewig.

In 2014, JMU found three fraternity men “responsible” for the forceful sexual assault of Sarah Butters during a spring break trip and sentenced them to “expulsion after graduation.” But the focus of media coverage centered on the university, whose ruling sparked the initial outcry surrounding the case. The university social structure tasked with preventing sexual assault, though attempting to maintain a profile of responsibility, proves that the devil lies in the details.

After waiting 372 days from the report of her sexual assault to the sentencing of the offenders, Butters filed a Title IX lawsuit. According to the complaint, Butters felt discouraged from pursuing the case, and that the university acted to avoid negative publicity. In a statement, JMU responded that it is equipped to deal with sexual assault, yet officials stated to Butters that the university would…

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All Things Must End

Truer words have never been spoken… in general. I mean, even the sun’s going to explode in some inconceivable number of years. But as far as writing goes, his words have even more weight. James Harrington’s blog involves everything writing, and I’m a loyal follower of his tips. Check it out for yourself!

James Harrington's Blog of Geek and Writing

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

How long can you continue a story before it has to come to an end? It’s a tough question to answer. Some end their stories when they run out of steam and tire of writing while others end when the story has completely run its course.

Unfortunately, there are those who try to force the story to continue long after it has run its course. Either due to monetary gain or because they simply can’t let the characters go. We see this today, mainly in movies, but also in some literature as well.

Perhaps the most classic version of a forced sequel was the…

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The Lizard~by Stephen Roddewig

I am pleased to announce that I am contributing to Our Poetry Corner! Give them a look if you are so inclined, they take contributions from anyone willing to join and share their talent (including you!). I also have a soft spot since they represent the vision I had for my site and how far it can go.


Awakening with the dawn heat,
The lizard scampered from the palm tree,
Using her tiny, clinging feet,
She reached the ground with ease.

Amidst the trimmed, fertilized grass,
A worm foraged, unsuspecting,
The lizard leaped, her fangs grasped,
The worm was schlorped, whilst it lamented.

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