These Sexual Assault Survivors Are Working To Make US Schools Safe

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Two sexual assault victims want to make sure students know all about their right to consent in the hopes of stopping more rapes.

Campus sexual assault is a growing problem in the United States.

To deal with the issue, Angela Rose founded Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) in 2001 when she was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rose, who sexually assaulted at 17, decided she had to do something to help others like her. In 2013, Rose contacted Delaney Henderson, who at that time was dealing with a criminal case against two boys who had raped her.  

After speaking, the two girls decided to do something to help others in the same boat.

 “I could make this a positive thing — my whole life is not a negative,” Henderson said. “That was the first moment that I realized something good could come out of this.”

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They are now working on a new project called Safe BAE, which aims to educate middle and high school students regarding consent. Moreover, it hopes to inform them of their rights following sexual harassment and assault. Safe BAE is primarily a toolkit for students to set up campaigns to talk about sexual violence, consent and harassment at schools. Students can choose to form their own “SafeBAE Squads” and they will receive flyers for their campaign.

Safe BAE now has programs such as End Rape On Campus and Love Is Respect running in various secondary schools. PAVE also attempts to teach boys how to treat women with respect, and confront someone who might be forcing students into something they don't want.

The underlying concept is that people need to be informed and educated about rape assault and their rights from a young age.

Check out this SafeBAE PSA:

 

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