Sorry. It’s a simple word. And, it’s time universities say it to sexual assault survivors.
As we see a stronger cultural uprising against sexual assault, victim blaming, and unpunished rapists, how colleges handle instances of sexual assault has become an ever more prominent part of our national conversation. And guess what? Many institutions have failed to provide a meaningful response to sexual violence and survivors. To counter this silence, Kamilah Willingham and Wagatwe Wanjuki, the two women behind the #JustSaySorry campaign, are lighting things on fire. Literally. They are burning university-related items – sweatshirts, mascots, admission letters — until the colleges and universities become accountable to them and other survivors by saying sorry for failing to protect their students.