“What was she wearing?” “Why didn’t she leave?” “That doesn’t happen to guys.” “He just needs to get over it.” For too long, society has dismissed and humiliated survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including men. Last year, Mariska Hartigay’s Joyful Heart Foundation’s began a public education campaign aimed at ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and abuse. The NO MORE video and print campaign, conducted in partnership with the NO MORE movement, featured dozens of celebrities. Last week it broadened its scope to include male victims of sexual abuse. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
SVU’s Mariska Hartigay leads public education campaign