Find out more about the founder of Revolt Sexual Assault, Hannah Price:
As a student journalist I searched for a long time for a way to bring the issue of sexual assault and harassment into the spotlight. After reading an article about two rape survivors in India, Snapchat suddenly seemed like the perfect fit – it’s an innovative and modern platform, that millennials are all familiar with.
I think our blog is particularly special, as the video testimonials capture the raw emotion and strength of each participant. Beneath the filters, the life-long effect that these assaults are having on survivors are more than just words on a webpage: you can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice – it is too hard to ignore.
During the campaign so far, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the bravest, strongest, most amazing people. I am in awe of their decision to trust me with their stories, and use their voice to influence change”
What started at my own university campus in Bristol has grown nationally thanks to the incredible response it has received. During the campaign so far, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the bravest, strongest, most amazing people. I am in awe of their decision to trust me with their stories, and use their voices to influence change.
Their fearlessness is why it is so important to speak out on the everyday incidents. If you stay silent on the bum grab or the holler in the street, how can we tell rape survivors that they can speak out and we will listen? How can we tell perpetrators that their behaviour is not okay, if we’ve enabled it for so long?
There are so many ways you can help combat sexual assault and harassment”
Their stories helped me come to terms with my own experience.
I was raped at university, by another student. I had never told anyone, because I blamed myself. I didn’t think it was ‘serious enough’ to report. I had to see my perpetrator on a regularly basis, and with no support available from the university, I thought my only option was to suppress what happened – because how could it be ‘serious enough’ if there was nothing in place for people like me?
And I’m not alone. What’s shocking is how many other stories there are like mine.
I’ve spoken to hundreds of student survivors and the same themes emerge, far too many young people are suffering in silence, like I was, dismissing what happened to them and not being provided with the duty of care that they deserve.
In a better world, I would be writing about videos that showcase the untouched faces of the beautiful, eloquent individuals that sat across from me; no filters, no emojis, no anonymity needed. But change doesn’t happen overnight.
But for now, our blog offers an insight into the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment, a haven for survivors – showing them that they are not alone.
There are so many ways you can help combat sexual assault and harassment; even by just reading this, spreading the word, listening to the stories we have collated, you help.
In a simple phrase, I am done with this behaviour being the norm and so should you because #ItsRevolting.