This is America: Why it's totally normal for Gen Z to use humor to cope with sexual assault trauma

Alas, it’s April — the month of beautiful spring weather. But more importantly, and sometimes forgotten, April is the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

I’m Jenna Ryu, a Life and Wellness editorial intern, and you’re reading “This Is America,” a newsletter about race, identity and how they shape our lives. 

If we look back in time, movements against sexual assault and harassment have changed immensely over the years. As someone covering entertainment, I can’t help but notice the changes in Hollywood. It was only three years ago that Bill Cosby was finally convicted after publicly dismissing his victims, and it took almost a decade for some powerful celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow to speak out against the disgraced Harvey Weinstein. 

This isn’t to say that the fight for change is over, because it’s far from that. But compared to previous years, there’s an encouragement and culture to believe victims, to not stay silent.

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