Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity will be hosting a protest in support of “Jane” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in Union Square on Emporia State’s campus. URGE hopes that the protest will inspire action from the administration.
The protest comes in response to the Bulletin stories about a ESU sexual misconduct investigation in which “Jane,” an undergraduate Korean student, alleged that Brian Schrader, tenured psychology professor, took her into a storage room, touched her inappropriately and tried to kiss her.
“I think one of the biggest messages we’re trying to get across is that this is a way for students to actually take action,” said Chloe Soetaert, social media coordinator for URGE and senior graphic design major. “We keep getting told that we have to do something in order for something to happen or for the administration to notice, I want this to be that something.”
There is a public Facebook page for the event titled “Justice for Jane.”
“Our main goals are to create a space for support for not only this Jane but all other Janes or Johns we may know, and to be able to create accountability for everyone for sexual assault on campus,” said Abigaile Weiser, president of URGE and junior sociology major. “Also we are trying to make a space for people to use their anger and passion in a positive way to make our voices as students heard on campus.”
Currently, 42 people have RSVP'd to the Facebook page that they will be attending the protest.
“Ever since Jane’s story broke, I’d felt pretty angry and frustrated, and it seemed like a good portion of the student body felt similarly,” Soetaert said. “I knew that lots of people wanted some way to productively put those feelings out there, and it seemed like a necessary step towards changing the campus culture. The town hall meeting showed how many people were willing to go out and participate, and this felt like the natural progression of that.”
Schrader is still employed by ESU as of today, according to Human Resources.
“Personally, this issue hits very close to home for me, so I’m dealing with a multitude of emotions about the story, and I hope that with this event we’ll be able to help other people work through all of their emotions about this story in a positive, productive way,” Weiser said.
“Justice for Jane” will be making signs for the event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today on the main floor of the William Allen White Library, according to the Facebook event page. Supplies will be provided, but those interested in attending can also bring their own markers or posters.