National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

The week before Thanksgiving is recognized as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW).

The Origin Story and Purpose

The movement first began at Villanova University and has since spread across the United States. According to the event’s two primary sponsors, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, “more than 700 colleges, high schools and community groups across the country will come together during this week to raise awareness about the pressing issues of hunger and homelessness.”

“Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local anti-poverty agencies. Groups spend this week generating publicity about hunger and homelessness and holding a series of events to engage their communities,” the event’s official website reads.

Bringing Real Issues to Light

The need for the event stems from some rather alarming statistics. In the U.S. alone, more than 43 million Americans live below the poverty line, more than 500,000 are homeless on an average evening, 42 million are at risk of suffering from hunger and about 1 in 5 children are living in poverty.

Across the globe 795 million people don’t have enough to eat and 767 million live on $1.90 or less. In addition, six children die every minute from hunger-related illnesses. The events across the nation look to bring awareness to these issues and provide some support to them as well.

Partnerships and What You Can Do to Help

In addition to the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, NHHAW has 32 partners that assist with awareness and programs to combat hunger and homelessness. Some of these organizations include The Campus Kitchen Project, Food Recovery Network and the College & University Foodbank Alliance.

At a local level, students interested in supporting NHHAW can check out some campus events including the annual Chili Cook Off Thursday, Nov. 9, in the CSU during the lunch hour. There will also be a sleep out students can participate in. More information about the awareness sleep out can be found by checking out Morgan’s article from this week.

 

Chili Cook Off

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Enjoy some staff-made chili and help a local cause by attending this year’s annual Chili Cook Off!

For $2 or a nonperishable food item, people can sample small bowls of each competitor’s chili and pick their favorite to be crowned as the winner! Several university departments, including Student Activities, University Dining and CSU Administration, will contribute their recipes and are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

The Chili Cook Off is annual event at MSU that raises money and gathers food for The Campus Kitchen, a local food shelf that helps students who may struggle with buying food. This year’s event takes place Thursday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSU MavAve.

Be sure to check out the event, enjoy some delicious chili and support The Campus Kitchen! Hope to see you there!

RSO of the Month: PRSSA

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by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU PR Intern

  1. What is your RSO?

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a student-run group dedicated to expanding personal and professional development beyond the classroom.

  1. Why should students join your organization?

Join PRSSA to build your resume, learn about the many facets of public-relations/communications and meet your fellow classmates. After all, in the fields of public relations and communications your classmates today will be your colleagues in the future.

  1. What do you do, what makes you special, what do you have to offer?

PRSSA is not only a recognized RSO but, a national student organization for students interested in the public relations or communications fields. Our RSO is special because we build real connections with professionals in our fields by touring public relations and communications firms such as Weber Shandwick, Padilla CO. and Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis, as well as having professionals attend our meetings to speak about their experiences.

  1. Do you have to apply, how selective are you, do you target a specific audience? 

Anyone interested can join PRSSA and attend meetings. However, to become a recognized member, students must pay a fee. For one semester it’s $50 and for both semesters it’s $80. As recognized member, students will have exclusive access to the PRSA Job Center, PRSSA Internship Center, career resources and a directory with access to broad network of professionals.

  1. What is your ultimate goal?

The ultimate goal of PRSSA is to prepare members for their future occupations by building upon the foundation of their education. Most students have the knowledge they need to succeed but how do they apply those skill sets? Attend PRSSA meetings and learn about writing press releases, social media strategies, pitching ideas, building your resume, expanding your network, internships and more!

  1. How many members do you have?

We currently have 20-30 paying members.

  1. How many years have you been in the University?

Minnesota State Mankato’s chapter of PRSSA was started in 2002 by Dr. Jane McConnell.

  1. How often do you meet?

We meet every other Wednesday at 6:45 pm. In the Heritage Room.

  1. What other Universities have your organization?

PRSSA is made up of more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

  1. Something funny: what meme would your RSO relate to? 

Advocating to end the Criminalization of Homelessness

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by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU PR Intern

Students advocate to end the Criminalization of Homelessness.

People are pushed from their homes and onto the streets for numerous reasons. As a result, individual’s who are homeless must seek out other ways to meet their basic human needs. From eating and sleeping in public places, to asking for money/resources, there’s a criminal penalty for it. Homeless individuals can quickly turn into criminals when their alternative ways to sustain their lives is illegal.

On Tuesday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Mav Ave in the Centennial Student Union, students are hosting a tabling event to advocate to end the criminalization of homelessness. During the event,  students can write letters to their representatives about ending the criminalization of homelessness and learn more about how hunger and  homelessness are affecting people around the world.

“This is taking a step beyond awareness. It’s more than just awareness, it’s advocating for individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Kennedi Alstead.

There will be different representatives available at this table as well as a bake sale. The cookies will be pants, shirts and house cookies. Some will be plain and others will be frosted. Cookies will be sold for $1-$2. In addition to the tabling event, cookies will also be sold during the on-campus playing of, “The Homestretch.” All proceeds from the bake sale will go to a charity in Mankato.

If you’re interested in learning more about the criminalization of homelessness, contact Kennedi Alstead at kennedi.alstead@mnsu.edu or visit the Mav Ave on November 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alternative Spring Break

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Do you want the opportunity of volunteering and serving the community while traveling to another state?

Then maybe Kingdom House might be right for you. Kingdom house is located in St. Louis Missouri and it provides exciting opportunities if you are looking to do something different and affordable for spring break. Their mission is  “To help people achieve better lives. In fulfilling our mission, we teach people to fish, rather than just feeding them fish.” Their goal is “Through holistic programs and services, we help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independency, self sufficiency and a path out of poverty.” Moreover, they serve infants, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and seniors.“There aren’t many opportunities where you can go and serve for a week, if you already have a somewhat of a passion for service you can always build your experiences from this trip. You don’t just serve, you learn a lot about each other and the surrounding communities.” Kennedi Alstead

Their programs include:  Early Childhood Center, After School Program, Summer Camp, Kingdom Academy Teen Program, Financial Stability Services, Health & Wellness, Maternal Mental Health for Latinas, Social Capital Building and Senior Programs.

If you are interested and would like to make a positive impact in a community by working with children and those in need then, make sure to check them out HERE.

 

 

University Enforces Yes-Means-Yes Consent Policy

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by: MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

The Affirmative Consent Policy at Minnesota State University, Mankato is there to keep you

aware.

At Minnesota State University, Mankato the Equal Opportunity Office is dedicated to preventing sexual violence, discrimination, harassment and will respond to reports of sexual misconduct.

In February 2018, Mankato State University adopted its own Affirmative Consent policy which highlights the importance of having consent when engaging in sexual activity.

The system-wide Minnesota State Sexual Violence Policy adopted by Minnesota State Mankato states: “Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats and or physical force are used, there is no consent. If someone is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired—including from drug or alcohol consumption—and doesn’t understand the situation, there is no consent. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.”

‘Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood….Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.’ 

The Affirmative Consent policy creates clarity. If both parties cannot meet the standards of the policy and confidently say, “Yes,” it is not considered consensual. Prior to this policy, a student would have to verbally say, “No” for the incident to be considered sexual assault.  To ensure students are aware of the policy and what is expected of them, Mankato State University provides educational training.

“Students are required to complete the Consent and Respect course. Our office does presentations and trainings on campus to students and employees. The Women’s Center and Violence Awareness and Response Program (VARP) collaborate with other campus offices to offer programming on topics related to sexual violence prevention and awareness. Our office participates in some of this programming,” said Quenter Ramogi, Equal Opportunity & Title IX Specialist, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of sexual, dating or relationship violence, call University Security at 389-2111 immediately, or talk to someone you trust, like your Resident Advisor. To submit a complaint please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX at 507-389-2986. You may also consider filing a report with local law enforcement. To report in the city of Mankato, please dial 911.

Be A Hero: Bystander Intervention Can Be A Simple Yet Courageous Act

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Bystander intervention is one of the simplest and most significant things you can do to protect someone. Stepping into a situation can be as simple as taking someone home after they have had too much to drink, or making sure that someone is aware that rape or assault jokes are not funny.

This week we asked some interns in the Women’s Center to talk about an event that discussed the importance of bystander intervention and what students can do.

Why you chose to do this event:

“We chose bystander intervention as our topic because it is important to be an active bystander. It is also important to remind ourselves and our peers the importance of intervening and what intervening (if not experienced yet) may look like.

“We specifically chose this topic around the time of Halloween. This is because on college campuses, and elsewhere, Halloween costumes can be used as an excuse to do sexual activities without the person’s consent. Please bear in mind that the costumes are not consent and that people have the right to wear whatever they want to and stay safe. The problem in this is the people who take what someone’s wearing as a yes without getting a free verbal and enthusiastic yes from the wearer before engaging in any sort of sexual activity. 

“Bystander intervention and primary prevention (stopping unwanted sexual activities at the source: the attacker and deconstructing the misconceptions about consent) are proven to be effective in the short term, so right away, rather than waiting.”

What the event is focused on:

“For our event, we conducted a survey that asked the students about whether or not they knew what bystander intervention was or if they had ever used it.

“Through this survey, we were able to see that most students have a basic knowledge of what bystander intervention is, but many have never used this form of primary prevention before.

“Speak Up, focused on what bystander intervention was, what it looked like in a couple different settings, why people might be hesitant to intervene/why they need to, and it gave them ideas on how to intervene and what kind of thinking process goes into planning on stepping in.”

Why bystander intervention is important:

“Bystander intervention is important because it can stop unwanted sexual activity either before it starts or break it up if it is in the midst of happening. It is important to make sure that the people around us are safe and enjoying their time.

“Nobody deserves to have any unwanted sexual advances or actions used against them and it is our job to enforce that.

What have you learned about ways that people do or do not intervene:

“People often chose not to intervene for a few reasons.

“The first being that they are in a roomful of people and hope that someone else who is more qualified will step in instead.

“However, this is not true and most likely everyone else in the room thinks the same thing. Then nobody steps in and bad things happen that could be prevented through bystander intervention.

“Next, is that people who believe in rape myths are less likely to step in or speak up.

“Rape myths are untrue ideas that are harmful to the victim or survivor. These are thoughts like ‘Well, they shouldn’t be wearing that if they don’t want that to happen,’ or ‘I mean, they are like that way so they deserve it.’  Thoughts like these are incorrect and harmful because they pose as excuses to act in unacceptable ways.”

For more information, contact or visit the Women’s Center/Violence Awareness and Response Program in CSU218.

RSO of the Month

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

This month we look into a recently established Organization on our campus. This is AIESEC’s first semester and they might seem appealing to many of you, so make sure to check them out.

What is your RSO?

AIESEC is the largest youth-run organization in the world. We develop leadership through challenging cross-cultural experiences and we do that across 127 countries and territories.

What do you do, what makes you special, what do u have to offer? 

We’re a leadership organization that facilitates cross-cultural experiences for youth to unlock their leadership potential. We’re in consultative status with the United Nations; we represent youth in the UN. The UN looks to us when it comes to youth-related matters.

Do you have to apply, how selective are you, do you target a specific audience?

The application process is as follows: Fill an online application form, attend an interview, find out your result and then attend your induction day.

What is your ultimate goal?

Provide more challenging leadership opportunities to the youth of Mankato and help them unlock their potential.

How many members do you have?

9

How many years have you been at the University? 

Less than a year

What other Universities have your organization?

Appalachian State University Georgia Institute of Technology The University of Texas – Austin
Suffolk University The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill The University of Texas – Dallas
The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire The University of Georgia The University of Wisconsin – Madison
Minnesota State University, Mankato University of Maryland Florida International University
The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
The University of Missouri – Columbia CUNY Baruch Northwestern University
Ohio University San Jose State University The University of Washington – Seattle
St. Edwards University Texas A&M University The University of California – Los Angeles
University of Southern California The George Washington University Yale University

 

Something funny: what meme would your RSO relate to?

 

Life Tips: Healthy Relationships Are Everyone’s Right and Responsibility

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by AFURE ADAHCSU Public Relations Assistant

Living a healthy lifestyle is super important. Exercising, and eating healthy are the main things people think about when talking about a healthy lifestyle, but maintaining healthy relationships is a big part of that too. 

Healthy relationships are the right and responsibility of everyone involved, and they have certain characteristics. Here are some that you should expect:

  • Mutual respect. Respect means that each person values who the other is, and understands the other person’s boundaries.
  • Trust. Partners or friends should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
  • Honesty. Honesty builds trust and strengthens relationships.
  • Compromise. In relationships, each person does not always get his or her way. Each should acknowledge different points of view and be willing to give and take.
  • Individuality. Neither person should have to compromise who he/she is, and his/her identity should not be based on the other’s. Each should continue seeing his or her other friends and should continue doing the things he/she loves. Each should be supportive of his/her partner or friend wanting to pursue new hobbies or make new friends.
  • Good communication. Each person should speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication. If one person needs to sort out his or her feelings first, the other partner should respect those wishes and wait until he or she is ready to talk.
  • Anger control. We all get angry, but how we express it can affect our relationships with others. Anger can be handled in healthy ways such as taking a deep breath, counting to ten, or talking it out.
  • Fighting fair. Everyone argues at some point, but those who are fair, stick to the subject, and avoid insults are more likely to come up with a possible solution. Partners and friends should take a short break away from each other if the discussion gets too heated.
  • Problem solving. Dating partners can learn to solve problems and identify new solutions by breaking a problem into small parts or by talking through the situation.
  • Understanding. Each person should take time to understand what the other might be feeling.
  • Healthy sexual relationship. Dating partners engage in a sexual relationship that both are comfortable with, and neither partner feels pressured or forced to engage in sexual activity that is outside his or her comfort zone or without consent.

Know these characteristics so you can maintain healthy relationships as well as discern which relationships might not be so healthy.

#MeToo: Understanding the Movement

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Over the past year, the #MeToo movement has swept the nation. While most people know the general idea, the intent of the movement goes much deeper.

Countless tweets, articles and actions generated by #MeToo have heightened consciousness and personal accountability with far reaching social impact that has toppled powerful individuals in such areas as entertainment, politics and athletics. Minnesota has been part of that spotlight with former Senator Al Franken stepping down amidst claims of sexual inappropriate activity.

Where did the #MeToo movement start? Where is it going? Here is a recap of a movement that has swept the country and the globe.

How It Went Viral and How it Actually Started

The #MeToo Movement went viral just over a year ago on Twitter after Alyssa Milano created a call to action after allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein were made by actress Ashley Judd. Her appeal became public in a breaking story by The New York Times.

The tweet exploded and people everywhere began sharing their stories of sexual assault and/or harassment.

Even though this was a positive thing, it wasn’t the actual start of the Me Too movement. The movement was actually created back in 2006 by a black woman named Tarana Burke. She started the Me Too movement as a way to give a voice to sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities.

In an interview with Ebony Magazine, Burke said Me Too wasn’t built to be a viral campaign, but rather it was “a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.”

Burke never expressed bitterness for Milano coining the #MeToo hashtag, and Milano later shared Burke’s story once she was made aware of Burke’s creation from 10 years earlier.

Burke did, however, say it was important to not “whitewash the movement” and to continue to keep focus on underprivileged areas because “women of color are often overlooked and left out of the very conversations they create.” She expressed empathy via her Twitter account to all of the women who stepped forward and shared their stories using the #MeToo.

Me Too’s official website, metoomvmt.org, cites the organizations primary functions:

“The ‘me too’ movement supports survivors of sexual violence and their allies by connecting survivors to resources, offering community organizing resources, pursuing a ‘me too’ policy platform, and gathering sexual violence researchers and research. ‘Me Too’ movement work is a blend of grassroots organizing to interrupt sexual violence and digital community building to connect survivors to resources.”

More information about Burke and her story can be found by reading her story.

The Positive Impact of #MeToo

The #MeToo movement had a profound impact. It inspired women, who had felt so trapped for so long, to finally come out and face their assailants.

The #MeToo movement saw several people of power fall under severe allegations and punishments. Below is timeline highlighting a few of the major assailants and their victims.

  • Oct. 15, 2017: Milano starts the #MeToo hashtag
  •  USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was accused of sexual assault by Gold Medalist, McKayla Maroney. Nassar was later sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.
  • Oct. 29, 2017: The first sexual assault allegations are made against actor Kevin Spacey by Anthony Rapp. These allegations eventually led to Spacey losing his lead role on Netflix’s House of Cards and the abandonment of the Netflix Original movie “Gore,” a movie for which Spacey was the main character.
  • Nov. 10, 2017: Comedian Louis C.K. confirms that the sexual misconduct allegations made by several women against him were true.
  • Nov. 29, 2017: NBC fires long-time Today Show co-host, Matt Lauer, after receiving detailed allegations about sexual misconduct.
  • Dec. 7, 2017: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he’ll resign from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Jan. 11, 2018: Actor James Franco is accused by five women, all of whom were either students or mentees, of sexual misconduct.
  • Jan. 20, 2018: More than a million people participated in the Women’s March on the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest his policies and to speak up for women.
  • Feb. 3, 2018: Actress Uma Thurman comes forward with more sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
  • April 26, 2018: Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era
  • May 25, 2018: Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York authorities after being charged with rape in the first and third degrees, as well as criminal sexual act in the first degree for forcible sexual acts against two women in 2013 and 2004.
  • Sept. 16, 2018: Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault for an incident that occurred while the two attended separate high schools in Bethesda, Md. She offered to testify to Senate Judiciary Committee pending and FBI investigation.
  • Sept. 25, 2018: Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate. The first major celebrity to be punished in the #MeToo era.
  • *All of these timeline pieces were taken from a timeline created by Christen A. Johnson and KT Hawbaker of the Chicago Tribune. You can view the full timeline here.

Those were just a few of countless allegations made against prominent figures in the world that may not have otherwise been brought forward had the #MeToo movement never gained traction. The movement has sparked important conversation about how men in power positions can abuse that power. It’s given survivors a community of support and a place to feel safe and to lift the burden that many have carried for so long. It’s helped to prosecute predators and lock them up, protecting those who may have otherwise been future victims.

But event though all of this is great, it doesn’t come without out some pushback.

The Pushback against #MeToo 

Though the #MeToo movement has brought some major issues to light and has helped put many assailants behind bars, there are still many who are wary of and even oppose the movement.

One of the biggest concerns has been voiced by many men who feel they’ve been blanketed as someone guilty of sexual assault. Others state that they can’t go on dates or be around women anymore because women are fearful that they’ll be assaulted.

Further backlash questions what classifies as sexual assault or sexual misconduct. A notable example was allegations made against actor/comedian, Aziz Ansari. While on a date, a woman said Ansari ignored verbal and nonverbal hints. She never explicitly told Ansare she didn’t want to have sex. When she later said “no,” he reportedly stopped immediately and suggested the two put their clothes on again. Because of what happened earlier in the date, she accused Ansari of sexual assault. Opinion pieces about the situation were published in The New York Times defending Ansari saying, “Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.”Image result for aziz ansari me too

The Ansari situation triggered further pushback: false accusation.

Many feel false accusations are frequent and fear they can’t even interact with women without being accused of something.

Though this concern heightens awareness to sexual assaults, one writer says, “we shouldn’t lump all male misbehavior together.”

Some men in the workplace now say they are so fearful of accusations that they refuse to have a closed-door, 1-on-1 meeting with a female.

In such cases another co-worker or assistant is present so no false accusations can be made. Employers have gone as far as to advise their male employees to avoid sharing vehicles and to altogether avoid business trips with women. 

Reports claim this effect impacts both men and women, who are losing out on job opportunities because of men separating themselves.

Men aren’t the only ones who have concerns about #MeToo. Several women have spoken up about it too.

A survey from Vox revealed that women had three major concerns about the #MeToo movement:

1. Men could be falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault.

2. Women could lose out on opportunities at work because men will be afraid to work with them.

3. The punishment for less severe forms of sexual misconduct could be the same as for more severe offenses.

It should be noted, though, many of the women with those fears cited their primary concern being those things would affect the men in their lives: husbands, fathers, sons, boyfriends, friends, etc.

Many of the women also say that the viral impact of #MeToo has caused most accusations to be fact, even if it’s an exaggeration or false altogether. These women feel loved ones may be in danger because of that. Some described their fears as a “sex partition” that is dividing men and women. They contend the movement can only be successful if both men and women could fight the cause together.

What about #HimToo and an LGBT #MeToo?

A mother’s recent Twitter post posed another hashtag – #HimToo. The tweet, later deleted, by Marla Reynolds, pointed to pa flaw in the #MeToo movement. Despite her intent that not all men are bad, the backlash included people mocking the post and creating a male fictional character in a meme that sarcastically attacked #HimToo.

Still, a deeper #HimToo meaning emerged – male victims of sexual assault and members of the LGBT community. 

Statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) cite that 1 in every 10 men are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. RAINN also stated 21 percent of transgender college students experience a sexual assault, a number much higher than the non-trans male and female student population. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 44 percent of lesbians and 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women and 26 percent of gay men and 37 percent of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual men.

Men experiencing sexual assault, are silenced by society’s perception that men are always the bad guys.

“Men are historically considered the bad guys. If some men abuse women, then we all are abusers ourselves … so therefore when it comes to our being abused, we deserve it.” Chris Brown said during an interview with The New York Post. The University of Minnesota music professor was one of the many victims of James Levine, renowned conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Company, who was accused of abusing several teen men decades ago and was fired as a result.

Experts also suggest men are fearful to come forward for reasons similar to the LGBT community – the stigma of who they are. Men are supposed to be strong and not show emotion and are never victims, so speaking up could show sign of weakness.

Others abused men fear a common perception that they are more likely to be abusers. New York-based psychoanalyst Richard Gartner, co-founder of MaleSurvivor, said cases of male sexual assaults focus more attention on shaming the assailant rather than supporting the victim, This may also contribute to men remaining quiet.

Moving Forward

No matter where an individual stands on the #MeToo movement, it’s important to recognize the movement’s impact: to bring awareness to sexual assault, to prosecute assailants and support the victims. Survivors are discovering they are not alone and, in turn, support one another. It’s also raised concerns ranging from whitewashing to false accusations to underrepresentation for male and LGBT survivors.

Above all, is the realization the movement is not just for and about women. It’s a movement that will only progress if all groups can work together. Only then can society truly take down sexual assault.