2017 was a monumental year for the movement to end sexual violence. With countless individuals coming forward to share their experiences of survivorship and the #MeToo campaign going viral, individuals and institutions all over the world are taking a deeper look at their response to the full spectrum of sexual violence. At the Rape Recovery Center, we have seen the impact of this global conversation on a local level. During the last quarter of 2017, we provided 5,245 services to 498 survivors - an increase of over 40% in both services and survivors served from the same quarter in 2016.
As we move into 2018, the question "What is next for the #MeToo movement?" seems to be on all of our lips. A coalition of local organizations, including the Rape Recovery Center, will be hosting a town hall conversation on January 30, 2018 to address this question on a local level. This inquiry was also addressed in a recent interview with the website Okayplayer by the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke. An excerpt from this interview can be found below.
What are your thoughts on the future of the #MeToo movement? How would you like to see organizations like the Rape Recovery Center respond in this vital moment? We would love to hear your comments, below. Don't forget to join us on January 30, 2018 at the Glendale Library in Salt Lake City for a community discussion on this topic.