Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
We Will Speak Out is an international movement that joins world leaders together to encourage action and advocacy to end sexual and gender based violence. Their mission is to raise awareness, care for victims, and encourage law enforcement to help prevent sexual violence.
“I think the We Will Speak Out organization is amazing,” said Amy Devault, 10 “They provide a safe haven for victims of sexual abuse and give a voice to the voiceless.”
According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) more than 1 in 5 women have been raped or sexually assaulted at some point in their life.
WWSO not only focuses on the sexual abuse of women, they also strive to provide awareness for male and non-binary victims of sexual assault. In fact, research has shown that 1 in 6 men have been involved in an abusive, sexual experience before reaching adulthood.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter the age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Recently on social media, survivors of sexual abuse have spoken out about their experiences using the hashtag #WeWillSpeakOut.
“We stand together in solidarity with the most vulnerable,” their missions statement says. “We commit to take action together to see all girls, women, boys and men freed from the threat and impact of sexual violence across the world.”
People can pledge on the WWSO website help raise awareness and put an end to sexual violence.