Cw: Sexual violence, rape
Swarthmore students are currently risking arrest in solidarity with sexual assault survivors by occupying their Phi Psi chapter’s fraternity building whose attic they deemed the “rape attic”.
Swarthmore should be ashamed that the only thing they are willing to do for the countless people predated on by this fraternity is stop the fraternity’s activities for the rest of the year.
***20+ Swarthmore Students Risking Arrest***
Yesterday at 4 PM, we began a take-over of Phi Psi fraternity. Since then, 100+ students so far have sat in with us, and slept over. We are here to demand the college take both short-term and long-term measures to end decades of fraternity violence from, and at, both Swarthmore Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Swarthmore Phi Psi Fraternity. We have been demanding the termination of the fraternity leases, the removal of the student from the so-called “rape attic” in Phi Psi, and the banning of fraternity parties immediately. Yesterday, administrators came here and told us President Smith has decided to agree to ban fraternity activity for the rest of the semester. This enormous win will ensure a temporary end to the harm that so regularly occurs at fraternity parties. It is a testament to the power of massive student protest, all week, up to and including this sit-in. But it’s not enough.
Phi Psi members repeatedly called the police yesterday, on their fellow students who were peacefully protesting violence. They called the first time directly after President Smith sent an email notifying campus of her decision to suspend fraternity activity.
Right now, the police are expecting us to leave this space this morning. We have decided we cannot leave. 20+ students are risking arrest. The events yesterday have showed us how retaliatory, and continuously dangerous, the fraternities are. We cannot leave as a student still lives in the room members themselves call a “rape attic”. We cannot wait by as the College waits on bureaucracy to keep us safe from fraternity retaliation. We will be here indefinitely.