A campaign to promote awareness and inspire action to counteract pervasive sexual harassment and sexual violence in K-12 schools.
#MeTooK12: Centering Young Students in the Fight to End Sexual Violence
by Sabrina Stevens, Senior Digital and Mobilization Manager, National Women’s Law Center
A few weeks ago, when #MeToo was first beginning to spread online, I was chatting on a friend’s Facebook wall after she wrote a piece asking whether schools should teach boys to respect girls. Seeing some skeptics already popping up in the thread, I chimed in to affirm her stance, and expand it with some observations of my own.
From survivor to advocate: demanding change in the Portland, OR, school district
by Annabelle Schwartz[See Annabelle’s activism online: Oregon Live, KATU-TV, Planned Parenthood video]
My name is Annabelle Schwartz, I am 18 years old, an activist, and a survivor of a peer sexual assault. It took me a long time after my initial experience to realize what had happened to me. I remember the first person I told, my boyfriend at the time, who held me as I cried in his green Toyota. At that point I could barely comprehend what I had been through, or how it would shape me into the person I am now. All I knew when I was 15 years old was that finally telling someone was my way of admitting to myself the truth of what had happened.
- Spread the hashtag #MeTooK12
- Tweet your experiences of K-12 sexual harassment or assault.
- Post your experiences on the new #MeTooK12 Facebook page.
- Check out the video and action guide at SSAIS.org/video, and the SSAIS YouTube channel.
- Involve students, parents, school staff, clubs, community, media, and lawmakers.
- Learn about Title IX and implement the Action Guide at SSAIS.org/video.
- Contact SSAIS to become more involved with this campaign.
What adults can do about K-12 sexual harassment and assault
by Jeffrey Caffee, civil rights attorney