Ava with a megaphone leading the Take Back the Night March in Duluth, MN

Disclosure and Doxing: Creating Ethical Guidelines for my ‘Me Too’ Narrative

Ava presenting with slide deck on projector screen.
Photo Credit: Lê Minh Hà Millie | www.flowersandfilm.com

Note:  This post has been adapted from a paper and slide deck that was presented to Dr. Florence Chee’s Digital Media Ethics class at Loyola University Chicago during Fall 2018. Special thanks to Dr. Chee for the invitation and to fellow SOC student, Lê Minh Hà Millie, for being a supportive friend and documentarian.

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Sexual assault resources for Chicagoland universities

Survivor Resources: Chicagoland University Edition

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Loyola Advocacy Services

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  773-494-3810
  • Hours: M-F 8am-4:30 pm | Weekends 24 hours *Hours may vary when school is not in session
Loyola Advocacy Services
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Northwestern University CARE

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  847-491-2054
  • Hours: M-F 8:30 am-5 pm
  • Schedule online here.
Northwestern CARE
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DePaul University Survivor Support Advocates

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  773-325-7129
  • Drop- Ins:  Located in Lincoln Park Student Center Rm 307. Availability may vary.
DePaul Survivor Support Advocates
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UIC CAN: Campus Advocacy Network

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  312-413-8206
  • Hours:  M-F 9 am- 5 pm
  • Email Scheduling:  can-appointment@uic.edu





Campus Advocacy Network
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University of Chicago Student Counseling Services

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  773-702-9800
  • Please ask to speak with a "Confidential Advisor"






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Illinois Institute of Technology Advocacy Services






IIT Advocacy Services
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Roosevelt University Counseling Center

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  312-341-3548







Roosevelt University Counseling Center
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NEIU Student Advocacy Program

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  773-442-4600
  • Hours: M-F 8:30 am- 4:30 pm






NEIU Student Advocacy Program

Columbia College Chicago Counseling Services

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  312-369-8700
  • This number is specifically to schedule an appointment






Columbia College Chicago Counseling Services

SAIC Counseling Services

  • Confidential 
  • Phone:  312-499-4271
  • Hours:  M-F 9 am to 5 pm
  • *appointment scheduling





SAIC Counseling Services
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This morning, I went to pull together a list of resources for survivors of sexual and domestic assault to accompany another blog.

Reflecting on the educational diversity of my social circle, "What happens if one of my friends, who doesn't go to Loyola, needs an on-campus resource? I don't want to have to dig through a school's website during a crisis. Surely, someone has compiled a list of resources for students at various Chicago universities in one place!"

Apparently not!

With that, I embarked on my mission of locating resources for survivors on the owned-websites of 10 Chicagoland universities. As I went through each website, I found that some schools were quite direct and concise with their presentation. Other schools had either limited or buried information.

Once I had finished reviewing websites, I wanted to present it in a way that was easy to review, carry and share.

RAINN offers a variety of free-print materials that range from posters to handouts, including a customizable campus resource card. Utilizing this free download, I tweaked their double-sided resource to include the publicly accessible advocacy information.

Please feel free to share, tack them to your fridge, your friend's fridge.

Note: If there has been a recent update to this information that was not reflected on a particular university's page at the time of creation, please don't hesitate to contact me to update!


Chicagoland Campus Resources Card

Wooden, Occidental Flour elevator located in rural Montana.

Expired Film Project: Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota Grain Elevators

Admittedly, I have spent more time looking at the history and nuances of rural Canadian grain trade in the Prairie Provinces than the American Midwest.

This photo collection, at this juncture, has no research and is purely driven by aesthetics. My immediate observation when determining photo subjects was to document grain and flour elevators in the United States that are built in a similar architectural style to the Prairie Sentinel-style elevators that have become an iconic symbol of the Canadian Prairie.

Camera: Olympus Epic Stylus 35mm f/2.8 lens

Film: Expired Kodak Gold 200 (35MM)



DHCS 18 program

Two Events, One Day: Takeaways

Today I attended both the 8th Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics and Panel 1 at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

To be honest, there’s a lot to unpack right now.

1. DIGETHICS 8: Invited Speaker Susan Fowler

I don’t even know where to begin unpacking this presentation. Honestly, I am waiting for the School of Communication to post the recording of the conference in order to go back and specifically review Susan’s presentation. As an individual who has begun to find outlets of expression for my own #metoo narrative while examining the ethical methodology behind this disclosure, it was wonderful to hear the methodology behind another individual’s decision to disclose. As I currently have another blog post in the works discussing an ethical framework that I utilized for my own disclosure, it is highly likely that I will circle back to Susan’s presentation after I have had time review her presentation again.

2. DIGETHICS 8: Powerlessness and Personalization: The Limits of the Privacy Argument Robin D. Burke (DePaul University), and Victoria I. Burke (Ryerson University)

During the question and answer session, Dr. Victoria Burke, briefly covered four concepts of privacy that need to be considered when looking at the limits of privacy. This was interesting as I have always viewed privacy as an umbrella that could be applied to different areas of human interaction but never siloed into independent themes as “right to a room of one’s own” but to see that narrowed down into “informational privacy” and “volitional privacy.”

3.  DHCS 18: Circulation Modeling of Library Book Promotions Robin Burke (DePaul University) &  The Geography of Circulation and Sentiment: Mapping ‘One Book, One Chicago.’  John Shanahan, Ana Lucie, and Nandhini Gulasingam (DePaul University)

During this presentation, I had a ‘Eureka’ moment; collaboration can leverage research talent from other disciplines that don’t frequently overlap and allow for projects to reach new heights. This seems obvious but to see it in action– whoa!

4. DHCS 18: The Sanctity of Stories: Haitian Churches and Oral Histories in Chicago  Courtney Pierre Joseph (Lake Forest College)

Dr. Joseph was incredibly passionate about this research and was an incredibly dynamic speaker. I felt that it was beneficial to observe a presentation style that reflected the drive and passion of the project.


Zotero database

Meet My Trusty Friend: Reference Manager

 “So how do you organize the digital resources when conducting research and do your citations?”

Cue: the awkward scene in which girl shows multiple Chrome browser windows on a laptop, each so maxed out with tabs that only the icon is visible. Full disclosure, my iPhone had over 400 open tabs as well.

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Brown and white bus shelter with flower hanging basket in Lappe/Toimela, Northwestern Ontario

Bus Shelters: Rural Symbols of Urban Migration

Map shows communities of Shabaqua, Shebandowan, Sistonens Corners, Kakabeka Falls along MOM's Way in Northwestern Ontario
Google Maps | Western unorganized Thunder Bay District in Northwestern Ontario

In 2016, the Northern Policy Institute partnered with the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Board to release their report; Northern Projections: Human Capital Series.

This report highlights the contrasts between urban and rural populations in the Thunder Bay District and serves to provide data that supports what one can see while driving through this part of northwestern Ontario along MOM’s Way.


Prairie sentinel grain elevator-style bus shelter in Finmark/Sunshine, Northwestern Ontario
Prairie sentinel grain elevator-style bus shelter in Finmark/Sunshine, Northwestern Ontario

MOM’s Way is an acronym for Manitoba, Ontario, and Minnesota and includes portions of Manitoba Highway 12, Minnesota State Highway 313, Minnesota State Highway 11, Minnesota State Highway 72 and Ontario Highway 11.

As Northern Projections reports, Thunder Bay district’s population declined by 3 percent between 2001 and 2011. While the overall population of the district declined, the urban population increased whereas the rural population declined.  This urban migration has impacted rural schools in the Thunder Bay district as enrollment has declined.

Bus shelter with apple-shaped window in Sistonens Corners/ Kaministiquia, Northwestern Ontario
Bus shelter with apple-shaped window in Sistonens Corners/ Kaministiquia, Northwestern Ontario

In several instances, in the western portion of the Thunder Bay district, schools have closed and those populations have been consolidated with nearby schools. In 2005, a report completed by an independent auditor for the Ministry of Education identified a number of schools that have experienced a decline in enrolment and would subsequently close with those students being consolidated into “neighboring districts.” For some of these communities, such as Finmark, Shabaqua, Kaministiquia and Shebandowan, the closure of the Four Way School in Sunshine increased the commute time for students by 20 minutes or more in most cases to the Kakabeka Falls School.

Castle bus shelter in Jelly/Carters Corner, Northwestern Ontario
Castle bus shelter in Jelly/Carters Corner, Northwestern Ontario

During my time in rural areas of Northwestern Ontario, I noticed a number of practical and creative bus shelters. For this photo project, I documented bus shelters in the western portion of the unorganized Thunder Bay District. These shelters are predominately used during the winter months, where the average January high/low temperature is about -8/-21C (18/-5F). However, I was always particularly fond of the color contrast with these structures and the landscape during the summer months, when not in use. These photos were taken in the communities of Sunshine, Conmee, Sistonens Corners, Jelly, Kaministiquia, Finmark and Oliver Paipoonge along a stretch of MOM’s Way.


Camera: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR
Lens: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

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Cooke, David. “Independent Facilitator Report - Review of the Lakehead DSB School Closure Decisions,” n.d., 9.
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“Northern Policy Institute - Two solitudes in Thunder Bay District? Urban or extremely rural.” Accessed November 9, 2018 .https://www.northernpolicy.ca/upload/documents/news-releases/en-press-release-thunder-bay-district-09.pdf.
Press, Nicole Thompson The Canadian. “Rural School Closures Hit Some Communities Hard, Main Parties Pledge Action.” The Chronicle-Journal. Accessed October 31, 2018. http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/national/rural-school-closures-hit-some-communities-hard-main-parties-pledge/article_132a0898-3426-5601-b928-1b842ff7496b.html.
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Pile of iPhone and MacBook Pros

The Great Disconnect

“I think part of the problem is the internet. I know that sounds like a typical thing for your tired, old mother to say.  I’m not scapegoating technology. I think that your generation has a tough time establishing relationships because of all those app-thingys. Too many options–You can manipulate the world to suit your desires in a way that I never was. You can alter things to meet your exact preferences. There is less struggle, less hard work, less excitement from the “luck of the draw.” The world’s potential is too easily accessible. It leads to endless searching in a way that prevents forging of genuine human connection.  This is a blessing, a lesson, a catalyst. Not a curse.  It’s the universe showing you that you have more to do for you, to be you.”

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