Activists’ Exchange

This is your page! Individuals, groups, activists, organizations: tell us what you’re doing to raise awareness about education equality free from sexual harassment/assault, gender-based discrimination and related issues.

Send us any of the following: a short written description, audio recording, video, photos of your project, poetry, songs, your picture through the contact form or email info@stopsexualassaultinschools.org.

From Minnah, Founder of EMPOWER U

minnahMy Mission To Put An End To Sexual Assault

Hi, everyone! I started EMPOWER U to bring awareness, leadership, and resources to the high school students in my county to help prevent sexual assault. Statistics show that 1 in 5 college girls will become a victim of sexual assault…and boys are assaulted too. I feel compelled to do something to stop this, and I hope you’ll join me and the other dedicated community organizers and organizations featured on this website.

I believe by talking about the subject and providing education, resources, and tips, I am doing my small part to help prevent sexual assault and encourage good bystanders to step in and take action to protect others. 

I am currently working on providing a county-wide screening of the documentary It Happened Here so students in my area will be better prepared to stay safe. Last year, I conducted a week-long pledge drive where I got over 200 high school students to take the pledge against sexual assault. You can do it too by clicking here.

By starting the conversation I hope students, parents, educators, and the community will join together to put an end to sexual assault so there will be no more victims and no more inaction by those who could help.

One of the ways I am showing my support and getting involved with SSAIS is by designing merchandise for the organization. I am thankful for the national voice they are lending to help end sexual assault.

Take a Stand. Take Action.
Minnah, EMPOWERU Founder

From SSAIS: Minnah is a tenth grade student.


From Kylie Angell, activist

kylie2My activism began after I experienced sexual violence at college and wanted a way to give back to other survivors as well as prevent anyone else from having to experience the same things that I did. The first official work I did as an activist was to form a student organization with fellow activists called “Revolution Against Rape” (RAR). Together we held many on- and off-campus events geared around ending the stigma around sexual assault and promoting education and awareness about the subject.

One of the most important things about leadership I can say is to never listen to others who try to tell you that your dreams are unachievable. The sky is the limit! In my experience, the higher that I have reached, the farther that I have excelled. I also think it is important to build and nurture relationships with other women that build you up and support you in your endeavors. Networking with other women can provide you with connections that can help you achieve your goals down the road. Though sometimes society will try to tell you that women are “catty” or “bossy,” but I have witnessed over and over that women are so much more; when women come together, we are strong, powerful, and can accomplish anything!

From SSAIS: Kylie is a member of the SSAIS Advisory Board. She was recognized as Young Woman of the Month for April 2016 by Young Women Rising.

 

andrewFrom Andrew Siva, a college-age activist in Virginia

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From Ari Mostov, Student Survivor, Activist, Content Creator, California

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After being assaulted in my sophomore year at USC, I met Marjorie Nielsen and worked with her on the revolutionary documentary It Happened Here about campus sexual assault in partnership with the White House’s campaign to stop sexual assault on campus. Working on a film about survivors fighting for change and accountability on campus and in court was cathartic and led me to start evaluating sexual violence and its effect on our community and society at large. I became highly interested in consent education and was offered the opportunity to present at TEDxyouth@San Diego in March 2015. Currently I am working on creating content that helps re-humanize the sexual experience with an emphasis on consent, communication and healthy relationships. I want to help shift our culture from one of apathy to empathy and do my part to end sexual violence.

From SSAIS: See this article about Ari in the Huffington Post: Rape Survivor: Working On A Sexual Assault Documentary Helped Me Heal.

 

From Katie Feifer of The Voices and Faces Project

Voices and Faces Project

The Voices and Faces Project is an award-winning documentary initiative created to bring the names, faces, and stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public. We were recently recognized by the United States Department of Justice as “a leader in the growing movement of young pioneers who are coming forward with new ideas in the fight to end violence.” 

Through its lobbying and speakers bureau, websites (voicesandfaces.org and counterquo.org), sexual violence survivor story archive, and a series of documentary and creative projects—including “The Stories We Tell,” the country’s first creative writing workshop for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking. The Voices and Faces Project seeks to change minds, hearts and public policies on sexual violence and exploitation.

Best,
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Katie Feifer, Research Director, The Voices and Faces Project

Meet the women who have shared their stories with The Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning documentary initiative.