We write to empower and educate. The posts below include a variety of resources and information on topics such as: supporting survivors, various types of therapy, and guest writer’s opinions on the current culture around campus sexual assault.

Part III: Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

PART III: Consent Illinois state law defines consent as “a freely given agreement to the act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct in question.” This means that consent is not...

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Part II: Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

PART II: Intervene If You Are A Bystander A bystander is someone that observes a situation but is not directly involved in the situation. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National...

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Introducing Porchlight’s Program Coordinator

A native from Michigan, I moved to New York City eight years ago to pursue my degree in social work, with a goal of working directly with children. Through my...

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Part I: Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

One in four women and one in seven men experience sexual assault during their college career. During the first semester of college (August-November) 50% of assaults occur, with first year...

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The Importance of Counseling for College Sexual Assault Survivors

One in four women and one in seven men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college career. The #MeToo movement empowered many individuals to speak up and...

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How To Help A Survivor

Opening up about an assault can be very scary. Therefore, how a friend or family member reacts can have a large impact on how survivors process their experience. Here are...

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Madeline Meyer: Porchlight Student Intern

My name is Madeline Meyer, and I am a rising senior at Northwestern University studying social policy and gender and sexuality studies. As part of my college experience, I had...

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Common Myths About Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape culture is a culture that is permissive of and normalizes sexual violence. It is built on a rigid system of gender norms and expectations, and works to blame victims...

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What Is Consent?

Let’s talk about consent! In a world of #MeToo and the Harvey Weinstein allegations, it has become apparent that there is a discrepancy between education and action. Clearly it’s time...

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