GCSU Women’s Center on helping sexual assault victims: “Believe them”
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A movement sweeping across the country on social media is bringing attention to sexual assault and allowing victims to share their experiences. People are sharing their experiences with assault and harassment on social media by writing the phrase “me too.”
According to Twitter, around one million people have used the hashtag, #MeToo.
“Sad, angry, not surprised were some of my initial reactions,” Jennifer Graham, Director of the Women’s Center at Georgia College said.
Graham has more than 10 years of experience heading up the Women’s Center. She wants people to know how to respond to someone who admits they’ve been a victim of assault.
“The most important thing for anyone to do when a survivor discloses they’ve been a victim of violence is to believe them,” Graham said. “I believe you, what can I do to support carries power and has incredible strength.”
The Women’s Center at Georgia College provides resources and support for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and training and workshops for women-based issues.
“We hear people make sexist, sexual jokes, we hear people demean women or say sexist things all the time,” Graham said.
And to decrease the number of sexual assaults and “me too” posts – it’s something Graham says people have to tag team on.
“If we don’t put up with the less severe stuff then we’ll have a community that doesn’t put up when we have a sexual assault,” Graham said. “And maybe one day we can decrease sexual violence.”
For information about the Women’s Center at Georgia College and its new location and services, visit its website at http://www.gcsu.edu/womenscenter.