Dr. Nassar had been a celebrated USA Gymnastics physician that treated hundreds of Olympic women for almost 20 years. Now, he’s facing up to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of over 160 women - the youngest being under 13 - and the possession of child pornography. In a trial that lasted seven days, 156 victims of Nassar’s sexual abuse came forward and spoke about the trauma they had experienced under the “care” of their doctor. Many emphasized that they were forced to see him, due to nagging injuries and a desire to compete.
Partying on college campuses has become dangerously linked with the presence of sexual assault. The strong correlation between party culture and sexual misconduct cannot be ignored. While it is clear that drugs and alcohol are not what is to blame in the event of assault, the presence of alcohol and drugs do impair judgement, which means that it’s all the more important to make sure we look out for our friends. There are certain Do’s and Don’t Do’s that you should follow when out partying.
Many women feel they have a standard to meet - to be a certain level of pleasing, attractive, kind, and submissive. To speak out boldly and simply say no may not be as simple for some women as it is difficult for others. For Grace, she struggled to send Ansari a message: she pulled away, mumbled her discomfort, and stopped the sexual advances many times, only for Ansari to push for sex again. Yet because the word no didn’t slip out of her mouth right away, because she didn’t immediately get up and leave the second she felt uncomfortable, and because she left physically unharmed, people are undermining her experience and shrugging it off as “a bad date.” In Bunch’s words, it’s “nothing like the ugly tales of sexual abuse” in recent Hollywood.
President Donald Trump is no exception to the alarming new trend of powerful men being accused of sexual assault and harassment. Today marks the one year anniversary of President Trump being sworn into office, holding the highest position one can have in the United States. Since he has been sworn in, nineteen women have bravely called out Trump for harassing and abusing them; we have listed their biographies below.
2018 started off with a bang as many actors and actresses showed their support for sexual assault victims and the #TimesUp movement at the Golden Globes. However, sexual allegations are still exploding across Twitter, including allegations against a supposed #TimesUp supporter himself. Let this be a reminder to all of us that while we are making some huge steps in the right direction, the fight can’t stop here. Simply wearing a pin is not enough. We must keep fighting until, in the words of Oprah, “nobody has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you know it can leave you feeling empty, violated, out of touch, and maybe even a little sick. In fact, you might find yourself constantly distracted, scared of your environment, or questioning the intentions of people all around you. Daily activities—like school studies, work, or even hanging out with your friends—might start to feel impossible. If you find yourself struggling throughout the day, here are some tips that might make life just a little bit easier in this difficult time.
For some, this new “bad girl” image makes her sexual and physical abuse an unimportant issue, and Thorne’s trauma is perceived as a way to “explain” her behavior now. But victim shaming is never acceptable. What an individual decides to wear or how they decide to act does not mean they deserved anything that has happened in their past, or, just as importantly, deserve any abuse in the future. It is disheartening to scroll through Bella Thorne’s recent Twitter activity and see a reply where she says, “fact that I have to explain myself. Trust me I knew him I saw his fucking face every single time don’t think I’ll ever forget a part of him.”
While #MeToo and the Golden Globes have been slammed by some for seeming to be an empty form of activism, with so many comments made during the night by actors and activists, it is clear these were not empty promises, and this was not just for show. The women of Hollywood are tired: they stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and believe their stories, on film sets and beyond. The evening was a win, not only for those who walked away with a Golden Globe, but for all of us who have felt disbelieved and exhausted of living in a culture where sexual harassment and sexual assault is not taken seriously.
A new initiative to battle sexual assault in the workplace was announced on January 1st. This new endeavor, which continues the fight against systematic assault and harassment for women in the workplace, is called #TimesUp. This brave initiative began with meetings held in October 2017 and gained traction as the year progressed. Now, over 300 prominent women in the film industry, ranging from producers to actresses, are urging the government to enact legislation to protect all women in the workforce - specifically blue-collar women, who have seemingly been left out of previous conversations.
At the start of every new year, it’s tradition to come up with a set of resolutions to help us improve ourselves from the years prior. This helps us reflect on where we made mistakes in the past, and how we can apply what we’ve learned as lessons for the future. This year, Project Consent has created a list of resolutions too, which can help us all look back on 2017 and guide us into a better year.