A recent report from CBS News revealed that a large number of people on Instagram are reporting stories of alleged sexual assaults they've faced at their university or college campuses. The stories come in as educational institutes in the U.S. and U.K. begin to physically or virtually resume classes. The assaults have reportedly been in the form of harassment, stalking, and even rape.
The anonymous stories shared on the social media platform were followed by an open letter that was submitted to Case Western Reserve University. The letter called out for development of reforms to bring improvements to the process of reporting and investigation following assaults. The open letter was posted to the university's survivor account, where over 500 students, both current and former, have reported their assaults.
The university took action by assuring that the issues were under examination and a task force of students was working on various issues related to sexual harassment on campus.
One of the administrators of the Voices of Brown Account told CBS News that the factor of anonymity allows more and more people to share their stories with the public, which helps communities realize the significance of the situation and that it needs to be addressed.
Accounts where anonymous stories are posted have been created on the digital platforms of a number of educational institutions both in the U.S. and U.K. Some of those institutions are American University, Bard College, UC Berkeley, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington University, St. Andrews, Edinburgh University, Robert Gordon University, Stirling University, and a few more.