BUFFALO, N.Y. — According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), someone, somewhere in America, is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.
Facts like these, and a larger discussion about sexual assault and harassment, have been back into the spotlight following allegations against celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
The conversation has largely continued via social media and the '#MeToo' campaign.
"It's become a ripple effect of so many women and men," says sexual assault survivor and advocate Tayrin Tapia. "Society puts it as though this is just females and it's not, it's also males."
Tapia knows the healing power that sharing your story can bring.
She's been experiencing it on a community-wide scale, ever since she started her blog 'Dear Tayrin' in 2011.
"With every single event, with every single survivor that thanked me for coming forward and helped them along with their way, it has helped me in my own healing journey,” Tapia says.
But Tapia and other advocates, like Ashley Amidon of the Crisis Services Center in Buffalo, say the movement can also come at a steep cost for many survivors.
"It can also be an incredibly triggering time for a lot of survivors and emotionally exhausting. So we want to be sure that survivors and those who know survivors are doing everything they can to take care of themselves and take care of those that they know,” says Amidon.
Both women agree the end benefit of discussing sexual assault and harassment is one that society as a whole should be working to further every day.
"When someone comes forward who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, the most important thing you can do is to believe them and to support them. And that in itself will keep this going,” said Amidon.