Whether or not you were able to change the outcome of the situation, by stepping in you are helping change the way people think about their roles in preventing sexual violence.If you suspect that someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are steps you can take to support that person.The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is a perpetrator, but all of us have the ability to look out for each other’s safety.
The hashtag, which appeared in light of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, invited survivors to share a message of solidarity with just two words.
It has netted 1.7 million tweets in 85 different countries since it appeared on actor Alyssa Milano’s Twitter on Oct. While millions reached out with stories of abuse, others critiqued the hashtag, saying it created undue pressure on survivors to “out” themselves.
While victims rights groups say it greatly helped victims come forward, critics have said that it created a system in which colleges and universities often punished those accused without legal due process.
As it rescinded the 2011 guidance today, the Department of Education put out an e-mail criticizing both the earlier document and a 2014 question-and-answer sheet circulated to colleges on how to implement it, saying they "ignored notice and comment requirements, created a system that lacked basic elements of due process and failed to ensure fundamental fairness."The new Q&A circulated today takes a different tack: While it allows colleges and universities to decide whether to continue using a lesser "preponderance of the evidence" standard in deciding claims, it also permits them to move to a tougher "clear and convincing evidence standard" if they so choose.
Whether you’re taking home a friend who has had too much to drink, explaining that a rape joke isn’t funny, or getting security involved when someone is behaving aggressively, choosing to step in can affect the way those around you think about and respond to sexual violence.
It’s not always easy to step in, even if you know it’s the right thing to do.On average there are over 293,000 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the U. The majority of these crimes are committed by someone the victim knows.Given these circumstances, it’s important to recognize the role bystanders can play in preventing crimes like sexual assault.Some common reasons bystanders remain on the sidelines include: It’s okay to have these thoughts, but it’s important to realize that your actions can have a big impact.In many situations, bystanders have the opportunity to prevent crimes like sexual assault from happening in the first place.Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.