By Celina Simmons and Zachary Guiod
If you remember from the last issue, our former managing editor, Rebecca Dow, has left the position. Rebecca did such a phenomenal job it will be hard for us to follow in her footsteps, but we’ll try our hardest. Therefore, we’d like
to formally introduce ourselves as the new managing editors of The Beacon for this semester.
What’s happening SMCC students! My name is Celina Simmons and I am one half of the managing editing team. I am a second-semester student at this school enrolled in the Communications and New Media Department. I would share with you my plans after school but I am still deciding which direction I want to go in. But I can tell you that I love to write, sing (only in my car), and learn as much as I can about anything and everything — and that I’m thrilled to take on this new position with The Beacon.
Hola mis amigos, my name is Zachary, a.k.a. Zaq with a Q. I’m the other half of the managing editing team. This is my fifth and possibly final semester at SMCC as I will be graduating in December with a liberal arts degree with a focus on political science. After that I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with my existence on this blue rock spinning around the sun. But in the present moment I’m excited to be working in this new position for The Beacon.
With everything that’s going on we want to bring up a few points for our fellow students to ponder. As some of you may know, our current president has been accused of sexual assault by 22 different victims. Not only that, our newly appointed Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, has three sexual assault accusations. Why is it that white men who come from money and privilege continue to get away with this type of malfeasance? Do you think if President Obama was accused by one woman he would even be elected?
Current Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” We believe this quote is a representation of how victims are being treated in these sorts of situations. Women are trying to put their voices out there in a time where the feedback received is not necessarily positive, risking their safety for the greater good. Even still, those in positions of power continue to step on their necks.
The Beacon supports the idea that victims take a stand against such behavior and support the idea of victims reporting transgressions right away when they happen or when they feel comfortable. Although we cannot count on men of privilege and power to acknowledge the voices of victims, we can stand together and fight to be heard.
Here are resources if you don’t know where to turn for help:
Sexual Assault Response Services, So. Portland:1-800-313-9900
Sexual Assault Response Services, Midcoast:1-800-822-5999