The #MeToo social media campaign continues to bring out women who have been victims of sexual assault and harassment. Elizabeth Power with the Women’s Center for Advancement in Omaha says more people have walked through their doors since the accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein were made public.
Power says it is important to understand that sexual assault and harassment is not a crime of lust or sexual desire but rather power and control. That is one reason why so many employees fall victim. She says 8% of all sexual assaults happen in the workplace.
Not all the victims are women. Power says some of the victims now speaking out are men. She says, “When we are specifically talking about rape, one in five women will be raped as adults. One in 71 men will be raped as adults. However, you always have to remember this caveat that rape is the most under-reported crime.”
Power says they do serve men at the Center and the number continues to grow. She says they were at 3% in 2013 and up to 6% now. Power believes that Omaha will mirror national statistics when it comes to harassment and assault.