#HealMeToo Spotlights Lasting Impact of Sexual Assault
At a time when so many sexual assault survivors are coming forward to be heard, the National Organization for Women-NYC wants to ensure they have the resources to be healed.
The #HealMeToo campaign is intended to raise awareness about the alarming fact that women who are raped or assaulted have a 94% chance of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in the weeks following the assault. In fact, rape survivors are among those with the highest risk of developing PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event.
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What is the Purpose of the #HealMeToo Campaign?
PTSD is underreported and more than 13 million people in the United States are suffering at any given time. Most people understand that the trauma of war can cause PTSD, but many may be surprised to learn that sexual assault and rape are one of the leading causes of PTSD. This includes women, men, and gender nonconforming people who are victims of sexual violence, it includes women in the military, and even children who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. The aftermath of what sexual assault survivors experience is not well enough understood by the public. Survivors, women and men, often suffer in silence and shame. The purpose of this campaign is to make the connection that PTSD goes unrecognized and untreated for far too many sexual violence survivors.
How Can I Take Action?
2. Protect vital programs that help survivors of rape and sexual assault.
Sign our petition to save the Violence Against Women Act and its critical services.
3. Join NOW-NYC and Take Rape Seriously NOW
Join today to support our work to help survivors of drug-facilitated sexual assault, to strengthen policy that impacts survivors of sexual violence, to defend the Violence Against Women Act, and to challenge rape culture.
In The Press
#After MeToo: Healing From The Trauma Of Sexual Assault – YES! Magazine – January 10, 2018
After #MeToo, New Campaign Offers Resources To Survivors With PTSD – Huffington Post – November 1, 2017
#MeToo Results In Campaign For Those Struggling With PTSD – Ebony – November 6, 2017
Hashtag Focuses On Healing After Sexual Assault – Teen Vogue – November 2, 2017
The Hashtag We Need To Pay Attention To After #MeToo – Refinery 29 – November 2, 2017