In October 2017, The New York Times published an article about sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. Since then, a growing number of women accused men of sexual misconduct in the Hollywood industry.
After the explosive allegations, celebrities started to use the #metoo hashtag on social media to share their experience with sexual assault. The #metoo movement didn’t only prompt celebrity women to come forward but also all kinds of people outside of Hollywood, living a ‘normal’ life.
According to a statistic on RAINN.org, as of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape.
Sexual violence can happen anywhere, and it’s a pervasive issue on college campuses. According to a RAINN, 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).
We’ve gathered a list of references for anyone who wants to report an issue, has been sexually assaulted or knows anyone who has:
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is a type of sexual violence. Sexual assault is a term used to describe a list of actions, such as attempted rape, fondling or unwanted touching, and forcing a victim into sexual acts (oral sex) and rape (by penetrating the victim). The victim can be forced physically, emotionally, psychologically, and by threats.
EROC (END RAPE ON CAMPUS)
EROC is an organization that offers direct assistance to sexual assault survivors who want to file a federal complaint. The site says that they support by “connecting survivors, parents and friends with a support network, mentoring student activists, connecting survivors with mental health professionals, connecting survivors with legal counsel.”
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
RAINN.org runs confidential 24-hour emergency hotline that connects you with sexual assault service provider in your area. The site offers a lot of valuable information for anyone who has been sexually assaulted and detailed information on steps to take if you have been sexually assaulted.
NotAlone.gov was launched in 2014 in connection with the White House. The site offers resources to students and faculty members on how to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus.