Standing with the brave

By Paula Fuentes

Sexual assault is never easy to speak about, but the bravery of the women and men who have decided to speak up has started a long-needed discussion on a serious problem that must be brought to light in order to have a safer and more decent society.

Big names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Ed Westwick are all facing complaints alleging sexual harassment and worse.

The wave of strong individuals seems to have given others the courage to step forward starting a trend that is too important to not take part of.

There have been many situations where sexual harassment claims in the work place, school or other situations have been addressed and missed the mark with who ended up punished.

For years there has been a number of sexual assault claims from directors, actors, managers to name a few.

Yet it seemed that it was a silent secret and impossible to bring down.

One strong example is against Spacey. Netflix has decided to discontinue his show and the upcoming movie All the Money in the World has decided to delay its release in order to recast and re-film all the scenes that include Spacey.

Another report that showed strength and courage in numbers is the case at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where a recent report showed that the number of rape cases doubled since last year.

A university representative from CSUN shared that the school does not believe there is an increase in cases, but rather an increase in the bravery of victims as more have decided to come forward.

We must give the victims the strength and power to speak their voice and condemn those who take part by giving them the appropriate punishment.

As a society, community and campus we must continue to think of different ways to empower the brave individuals who have built up the courage to condemn their attackers.

The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center is available on campus for anyone seeking help, or can also call the local Rape Crisis Center hotline at (909) 626-4357 if individuals do not feel comfortable making a report in person.

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