On January 30, 2018 nearly 100 community members gathered at the Glendale Library in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss sexual violence and the #MeToo movement. This event was hosted by a coalition of community organizations including KAVA Talks, Men's Anti-violence Network, Pacific Island Women’s Empowerment, Racially Just Utah, Rape Recovery Center, Restoring Ancestral Winds, Start by Believing Utah, and the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Throughout this two hour event, countless survivors shared their stories of sexual violence and discussed the many ways that their experiences have been silenced. At the end of the evening, partner organizations shared their commitments to moving this movement forward and improving our collective response to sexual violence in Utah. The Rape Recovery Center shared a commitment to provide more opportunities for survivors to share with their community, promote greater survivor leadership in the movement to end sexual violence, and continue pushing for systemic change.
To hear these powerful stories, please watch the live video feed below provided by the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Please note that many of the stories shared may be difficult to hear, especially for those who have experienced sexual trauma themselves.