Dr Olivarius publishes op-ed in Yale Daily News

Dr Olivarius has published an op-ed in the Yale Daily News, in response to the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. In the op-ed, Dr Olivarius describes her experience of founding the Yale Women’s Caucus and seeking to end sexual harassment and violence for female students on campus through her involvement as a plaintiff in the court case Alexander v. Yale.

Dr Olivarius goes on to say, “After both the #MeToo movement and Kavanaugh hearings, however, it has become clear that Alexander v. Yale was only an early skirmish in a very long war… I hope that at least one positive consequence of the Kavanaugh confirmation will be the conversations that it sparks about the importance of consent, how alcohol cannot excuse assault and how to treat women as proper equals. These are not complicated matters — yet it is evident they must be relearned by every generation.”

Helen Caldwell