On September 26, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) invited college students to participate in RAINN Day, an “annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses.”
In a new Campus Dispatch, mtvU correspondent Trey Yingst reported from American University, one of the many schools participating in RAINN Day. To participate, students filled out paper raindrops to “show support for their peers who have been affected by sexual assault.” Yingst also interviewed U.S. Representative Gwen Moore to find out why educating college students about sexual assault is so important.
One thing Representative Moore, who has previously come out as a survivor of sexual assault, wants for victims is to move from “victimhood … to victor.” Representative Moore found that talking about what happened to her and owning it as one of her experiences helped her become a “victor.” Now she’s working to make sure universities have “some sort of … protocol for how they will handle these incidents,” and she’s particularly concerned with giving victims their “rights and opportunities.”
For people who have been affected by sexual assault, RAINN Day is a reminder that they don’t have to struggle alone. Megan Erhardt, senior communications manager at RAINN, wants survivors to know that “they’re never alone and that help is available 24/7.”
For ways you can take action to fight sexual assault, check out the action links below.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please visit RAINN's online hotline or call 1-800-656-HOPE.