Emma Watson Calls for Campus Sexual Assault Reform in Powerful New Speech
The actress highlighted schools need to realize the rights of women and minorities are just that -- rights, not privileges.
Emma Watson called out the way college campuses nationwide handle sexual assault in a powerful speech she gave at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
As she presented HeForShe's latest report on gender parity around the world, Watson described her experience at Brown University as life-changing, but acknowledged that she was "fortunate to have such an experience," noting that in many places around the world, women aren't given leadership opportunities or even the opportunity to attend school.
She also slammed schools for implying that "sexual violence isn't actually a form of violence."
"The university experience must tell women that their brainpower is valued," she continued. "And not just that...and so importantly right now, the experience must make it clear that the safety of women, minorities, and anyone who may be vulnerable, is a right, not a privilege. A right that will be respected by a community that supports survivors."
"When one person's safety is violated, everyone feels that their own safety has been violated," Watson said.
We couldn't agree more. You can watch parts of her speech on Instagram or read the full text here.