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2018 Recipient

Minnah Stein

Sarasota, FL | 17

2018 Award Recipient

In 2014, Minnah Stein heard in a segment on NPR that 1 in 5 girls will be sexually assaulted while in college, as will 1 in 16 boys, but that roughly 80 percent don’t report their assault. The problem, she realized, doesn’t begin in college, but early on in elementary and secondary schools. Minnah decided to organize what began as a pledge drive against sexual assault and turned into EMPOWERU, an initiative to educate students on consent, safety, and Title IX rights. Minnah staged a viewing of the documentary “It Happened Here” for high school students in her county, then conducted interviews and facilitated conversations with students and teachers about the facts of sexual assault and consent. EMPOWERU’s Title IX program is currently being implemented in K-12 schools county-wide, educating more than 40,000 students and educators. Minnah also partnered with the national non-profit Stop Sexual Assault in Schools and helped produce the documentary “Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School!”

EMPOWERU Sexual Harassment and Assault Educational Program

After learning about college campus sexual assaults, Minnah organized what began as a pledge drive against sexual assault and turned into EMPOWERU, an initiative to educate students on consent, safety, and Title IX rights. EMPOWERU’s program is currently being implemented in K-12 schools county-wide, impacting 40,000+ students and educators. Minnah also partnered with the non-profit Stop Sexual Assault in Schools and helped produce the documentary “Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School!”