#MeTooK12 Campaign

A campaign to promote awareness and inspire action to counteract pervasive sexual harassment and sexual violence in K-12 schools.

Combating rampant K-12 sexual harassment and assault

by Esther Warkov, Executive Director, Stop Sexual Assault in Schools

#MeTooK12 is a social media hashtag created by the national nonprofit Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS.org). The campaign encourages Read more >

The Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Betsy DeVos’s High School Alma Mater: What It Means For Every Student

by Esther Warkov, Executive Director, Stop Sexual Assault in Schools

There are phone calls a parent never wants to get. We received one such call, informing us that our daughter had been raped on a school field trip. Read more >

#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.  Read more >

Parents: You Can Become the Agent of Change for Title IX Policies in Your Schools

by Susan Moen, Executive Director, Jackson County (OR) SART

Most parents are not aware of deficiencies in their schools’ response protocols for sexual harassment and assault–until their own child (or a friend’s) experiences the life-altering harm that can result.  Read more >

From survivor to advocate: demanding change in the Portland, OR, school district

by Annabelle Schwartz

[See Annabelle’s activism online: Oregon LiveKATU-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… Read more >

Action Plan

What adults can do about K-12 sexual harassment and assault 

Watch video by civil rights attorney Jeffrey Caffee.

Prevent retaliation when reporting K-12 sexual harassment

Watch video by civil rights attorney Iliana Konidaris.

Exposing a Sexual Abuse Scandal at a Private School

by Katherine Leehane, author, 
writer, and victims advocate
In October 2017, I wrote an OpEd for the Washington Post about the sexual abuse I endured in high school and how it was mishandled by the administration. Though I didn’t disclose any names or locations, dozens of people figured out what teacher I was talking about and came forward with their own stories of mishandled abuse. 
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#MeTooK12: How can we end sexual assault in schools?

by Beth Hoover, Communications Manager and Violence Prevention Trainer at Power Up, Speak Out! and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Red Lodge, Montana.

For too long, survivors have heard that if “something” happened to them – like sexual harassment or assault – it was probably their fault. With the avalanche of survivors coming forward, we’ve started to hear different narratives in media outlets that give educators and advocates hope for change. This hope is largely due to the hashtags #MeToo and #MeTooK12.  Read more >