New Website Encourages Anonymous Students To Share Assault Experiences

Student Life › Divya Kumar

Since the website went live Friday night, about half a dozen students have posted anonymous personal experiences with sexual assault on It Happens Here: WUSTL, an online platform for Washington University students to share stories they may not feel comfortable sharing publicly.

One of the website’s co-creators, junior Haley Hill, got the idea from a friend who showed her a similar site for Northwestern University. She worked with sophomore Heather Berlin to collect resources and set up the website during spring break before officially going live at the end of last week.

“The goal of the website is to provide a safe space for voices to be heard,” Berlin said. “It’s really important to listen to what people have to say on such a sensitive topic, and people have the right to keep their identities hidden. The website is a way to provide insight on sexual assault to the community while also giving survivors a voice.”