As we raise public awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it’s important to educate everyone about the prevention of sexual violence. It’s also important to look to public figures that have been vocal about their own stories. If you or anyone you know is seeking support, here is the link for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. TW: sexual violence.
1. Alyssa Milano
Milano’s October 15, 2017 post is known for re-launching the #MeToo movement that was previously started by Tarana Burke in 2006. Inspired by the case against Harvey Weinstein, Milano sought to spread awareness about sexual violence by re-launching the movement. Milano shared her own story in this Vox essay in which she admits it took her thirty years to open up to anyone about her assault, including her parents. Without the bravery exhibited by Milano’s openness, we might have never seen the re-launch of the #MeToo movement.
2. Lady Gaga
If you’ve never listened to Gaga’s tear jerker, “Til It Happens to You