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.

What is the importance of the educational outreach that Porchlight does?

By Lina Wolf The topic of sexual assault can be uncomfortable for people to speak about. Understandably, events of that nature can be emotionally draining, particularly for people who are...

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What does having access to Porchlight mean to a college student?

By Lina Wolf For many students, attending college is often stressful. A variety of new experiences and unfamiliar people can take a student well outside of their comfort zone. At...

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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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