In wake of the sexual allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, women have decided to come forward about their experiences with sexual assault, using #metoo on social media platforms as a means to form solidarity and awareness about sexual harassment.
Although the Me Too movement began as an examination sexual assault in Hollywood, it has led to people of all places to bring about awareness of all spaces.
College campuses are no stranger to the horrors of sexual harassment, as 1 in 5 women on college campuses are raped. Students of Arizona were some of the many to come forward.
“I love that the hashtag me too acknowledges victims of sexual harassment” said Mandy Conry, a recent graduate of the UA. “It shows a lot of strength of the women and men doing it. What I don’t like is the room left for interpretation for who is responsible for assault and why it happens.”
“The hashtag I think was, hopefully, really eye-opening for everyone” said Derrick Despain, a pre-physiology major at the UA. “I’ve actually been taking gender studies classes and it’s crazy how much stuff happens to women physically and mentally and how invisible it is to men and everyone.”
According to the UA annual campus safety and security report, there were a total of 30 sex offences, 24 of which were rape. Additionally, there were 2 cases of stalking, 10 of dating violence and 21 of domestic violence.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
The UA has implemented various programs in hopes of preventing and educating on sexual assault and harassment.
Students Promoting Empowerment and Consent (SPEAC) is an internship program from the Women’s Resource Center dedicated to raising awareness about stalking, sexual assault, and relationship violence. SPEAC interns hold five 90- minute presentations: Creepy or Cute, Bystander Intervention, Policies and Procedures, Rape Culture, and Consent 101.
Additionally, the Division of Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Equity provide informs the campus on abuse, prevention, sexual assault, response and awareness of dating and stalking.
Victims of sexual assault can visit the women’s resource center or the sexual assault support and resources website for assistance and care.