According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), young women between the ages of 16 and 19 are, “four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.” LGBTQ+ youth are even more likely to encounter sexual exploitation, harassment, and assault: the Office for Victims of Crime discloses that 30% of LGBTQ+ youth report an incidence of dating violence, whereas that statistic for heterosexual students is only 9%. That’s why we’re launching #WeToo – a campaign to include high schoolers’ perspectives and stories in the #MeToo conversation and to lend power to a population whose gender and age identities compound too often to leave them silenced.
social media campaign
We’re generating an active social media campaign about youth sexual harassment and assault to share statistics, stories, and support. Lend your voice to the conversation with the #WeToo hashtag.
Working within schools
Our chapters are working within their schools to:
Create conversation space, potentially hosting chapter meetings dedicated to discussing sexual assault and rape culture.
Collaborate with teachers and administrators to discuss relevant school policies.
Organize creative projects of their own initiative.