In the past week, people everywhere have been participating in a social media campaign raising awareness to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual discrimination. By posting to platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, people around the world have shown their respect and shared their stories.
This is newsworthy because sexual assault is a major problem in many places and many people are unaware of how common it actually is. This campaign changes things. Many people are beginning to feel more comfortable speaking openly about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. If we continue to talk about this and raise awareness, those who are experiencing and have experienced sexual assault might be able to come forward and make a change in their own lives and the lives of others. In addition, by calling out and naming these offenses, perhaps the offenders will change their behaviors and recognize that these are criminal offenses. This cannot continue, and this online campaign is only the beginning. We must continue to talk about this. Victims of these attacks should be able to come forward. Perpetrators and those who do not take victims seriously are holding these people back from telling the truth and gaining justice. Women must continue to speak the truth without fear of retaliation, and sexual offenders must stop their actions in order for everyone to live in a safer world.