sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinsteinopens a new window have surfaced, you have likely seen mention of the #MeTooopens a new window movement flooding social media. Coined by activist Tarana Burkeopens a new window and popularized by actress Alyssa Milano’s recent tweetopens a new window, #MeToo has collected millions of stories of sexual assault and harassment and launched opinion pieces about stories that remain untoldopens a new window.Since
The emergence of the #MeToo movement brings to light many traumatic and painful past and current experiences for folks, and it's not always easy to know where to turn for resources on such a difficult topic. Your library is one place you can turn to find resources in your area and suggested reading.
Where to Turn
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC)opens a new window is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women and men who are victims of sexual assault.
- To talk with someone immediately, call the 24-Hour Resource Line at 888.99.VOICE (888.998.6423)
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)opens a new window is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
- Safe Horizonopens a new window's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities, and they have many resources specifically pertaining to rape and sexual assaultopens a new window.
What to Read
Read stories from survivors and books that address sexual harassment. Click the link at the end for the full list.
Asking For It by Kate Harding
Harding explores how rape culture manifests itself via media narratives about sexual assault victims and perpetrators--and how those change, depending on the age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and fame of both victim and offender. Through that lens, she takes a close look at the three pillars of rape culture--excusing the accused, blaming the victim, and insisting that individual women can and must protect themselves from rape
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay addresses the experience of living in a body that she calls 'wildly undisciplined.' She casts an insightful and critical eye over her childhood, teens, and twenties--including the devastating act of violence that was a turning point in her young life--and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation.
Speaking Truth to Power by Anita Hill
Six years after her testimony during Senate hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court, the author reveals how her charges of sexual harassment against her former employer changed her life.