#ManyOfUs Draws Men’s Attention to the Reality of Sexual Assault

Author’s note: This article and video discuss sexual assault.

A Lithuania women’s rights organization, Moterays Kalba (Women Speak), created a video as a way to draw men’s attention to the reality of sexual assault. After asking for women’s stories through Facebook, they asked men to read them aloud—deceptively written on pieces of paper with childlike drawings.

The #Musudaug video (#ManyOfUs) allows the men to reflect and respond, one even commenting on the way comedians use rape as a joke as a way to make it feel less scary and avoid the problem. This Bustle article delves deeper into the points made by the video as well as a few flaws in its overall work to have men connect on an emotional level to the reality of sexual assault.