On Millennial Anti-Rape Activists & the “Campus Effect”

Women’s Law Project Executive Director Carol E. Tracy is in The Guardian discussing the new wave of anti-rape activists. Specifically, Tracy applauds the profound progress millennial advocates are making in eradicating rape stigma, a deeply rooted cultural construct that all too often prevents survivors from seeking justice and healing.

Survivor Tucker Reed, left, closes her eyes in 2013 as she listens to Ari Mostov tearfully reveal details of her sexual assault. Photograph: Don Bartletti/LA Times via Getty Images

Survivor Tucker Reed, left, closes her eyes in 2013 as she listens to Ari Mostov tearfully reveal details of her sexual assault. Photograph: Don Bartletti/LA Times via Getty Images

Tracy referred to campus activists, led by groups such as Know Your IX and End Rape on Campus, as “the most significant thing to happen to women’s rights in a generation” and credited them with inspiring older women to speak out.

From the piece:

Barely a week goes by without survivors talking openly about their experiences on social media or news outlets. Despite a lack of official statistics, experts are quick to recognize an unprecedented and accelerating trend.

“It’s having a huge effect. It’s epic, like an explosion,” said Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women’s Law Project, a leading advocacy group based in Philadelphia.

The grassroots movement cuts across age, race and class but primarily appears driven by millennials – those aged 20 to 35.

“Over the last five years we are seeing a movement where women are breaking the shackles of shame, showing their faces and using their names, making it quite clear that they are not to blame for someone else’s actions against them,” Tracy said.

Read the rest of the article here.

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