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#MeToo Panel At Ohio State Tells Sexual Assault Survivors They're Not Alone

Ohio State University

As part of Ohio State's #MeToo Week, a panel at Stillman Hall on Thursday night will cover the burgeoning movement's intersection with campus culture.

Panelist Nyomi Thompson, a senior majoring in social work, says she's a survivor of sexual assault herself.

“Sexual assault is something that has happened to me and many of my friends. It’s something that leaves a lasting impression on your brain,” Thompson says. “It makes your brain question, 'Why was it me?' I don't think it's something anybody should have to go through alone.”

According to the event listing, participants "can choose to express what the movement means to them by sharing a story, poem, spoken word, song, or just an expression of support for survivors."

Thompson says she hopes the panel gives survivors of sexual assault a support system that empowers them to share their stories.

“These men and women deserve the safe space we're attempting to create," Thompson says. "And the support system that will stem from the panel will affect several sexual assault survivors, whether it be to come out and share their stories or use their strength and resilience to inspire others to do the same."

Beginning Monday with a Take Back The Night event, #MeToo Week concludes Friday with an Ohio State sexual misconduct policy training and a networking event. The university organized the week of workshops and discussions to help end sexual violence and show support for survivors. 

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.