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Triangle groups meet to craft strategy to end sex harassment, abuse

Posted December 5, 2017 3:14 p.m. EST
Updated July 12, 2018 2:13 p.m. EDT

— Local groups in the Triangle are joining forces to end sexual violence amid the national furor that has resulted from sexual harassment claims made against several high-profile names in media, entertainment and politics.

The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault held an event Tuesday to call attention to its message about healing and rehabilitation, an effort that aims to translate today's moment into a movement in which people will be held accountable for inappropriate behavior.

Representatives of local groups said the number of people who have come to them seeking help relating to sexual violence has increased dramatically, including a 90 percent jump over the past two months alone at Raleigh's Interact. The group's members say the key is to give all women, including low-income women who may be afraid of the economic impact of coming forward, the support they need if they are harassed.

The key they say is to give all women--even low-income women who may be afraid of the economic impact of coming forward, the support they need if they are harassed.

"Sexual Harassment in the workplace isn't just about a company's liability. It is about creating a culture where we're talking about how interactions happen between two individuals and that mutual respect and equality is a must," said Monika Johnson-Hostler, director of the group. "We must all demand it as a community, here in Raleigh, across the state and across the country."

Several groups, including the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Interact and the Durham Crisis Response Center, participated in the event with the goal of creating better and clearer ways for victims to report recent and older cases of sexual harassment.