When Erin Michele Levitas was 19, she was raped by someone she knew.
As she processed and dealt with the pain and anguish from what happened, she made a decision: After college, she planned to attend law school and become an advocate for survivors of sexual assault.
Unfortunately, a cancer diagnosis upended Levitas’ plans and in January 2016, at just 22 years old, Erin left this world too soon.
Erin knew her assailant. She believed—and the Foundation believes—that early education is key. We know that sexual harassment is highest among middle school students. By high school, sexual harassment diminishes, but the incidence of rape and sexual assault increases.
Our mission: To educate youth and their caregivers and teachers about boundaries, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and restorative approaches, with the ultimate goal of ending sexual violence.
If we can stop sexual harassment early, we can reduce sexual assault and rape.