TEXT BY SOPHIA JENNINGS ('16), CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Six months ago Sally Rappaport (’17) set up a camera in the Butts C Lounge. There, to the tune of Lauryn Hill, she filmed the first video for her Project Not Asking For It, an advocacy campaign to fight victim blaming in sexual assault cases. “It’s a platform of support,” explains Sally. “Amidst all the Greek talks I wanted to make something that included everyone.”
And she did. With over 9,000 views, Project Not Asking For It connected numerous other schools in making their own videos, from Stanford to Columbia to the University of Kansas. In response, Rappaport received dozens of emails from survivors, thanking her for bringing such an uplifting voice to the sexual assault movement.
Today, following the recent wave of anti-street harassment videos, Rappaport moves on to catcalling. Taking over the WestCo lounge, the sophomore teamed up with filmmaker Jesse Allain-Marcus (’17) and her roommate/art director Tessa Houston (’17), for a more sombre approach. “People often think that strangers are just being friendly,” reflects Sally. “But it’s not complimenting, and we’re not asking for it.” Check out the new video here, then head over to the Facebook page to get involved.