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CoastLine: #ME TOO

Journalists Matt Lauer.  Charlie Rose.  Mike Oreskes of NPR.  NBC’s Mark Halperin.  Chef John Besh.  Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Celebrity Photographer Terry Richardson.  Investment banker Gavin Baker.  David Corn of Mother Jones. 

Actors Andy Dick.  Kevin Spacey.  Danny Masterson.  Dustin Hoffman.  Ben Affleck.  Sylvester Stallone.  Jeffrey Tambor.  Tom Sizemore.  Both filmmaking Weinstein brothers – Harvey and Bob.  Roy Moore, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate from Alabama.  Al Franken, Democratic U.S. Senator from Minnesota.  Comedian Louis C.K.  Larry Nassar, U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Doctor.  Oliver Stone, Film Director.  John Conyers, U.S. Congressman. 

Garrison Keillor, Host of A Prairie Home Companion.  Israel Horovitz, Playwright. 

That’s only about half of the well-known people accused of sexual assault, harassment, even rape. 

Some are calling it The Weinstein Effect – after Harvey Weinstein, a prolific and powerful filmmaker went down in flames as multiple accusers came forward. 

Some credit the social media movement #ME TOO with facilitating a national conversation about sexual assault and harassment. 

On this edition of CoastLine, we explore how this national conversation is playing out locally. 


Jen Adler, Director, Collaboration for Assault Response and Education (CARE), University of North Carolina Wilmington

Amber Resetar, Director, Title IX and Clery Compliance Office, UNCW

Shannon Santana, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology Department, UNCW; studies the effectiveness of Self-Protective Behaviors in Violent Victimizations and Sexual Victimization among College Women


Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons:  910.392.7185


Domestic Violence Shelter - The Open Gate:  910.343.0703



CARE (Collaboration for Assault Response and Education) office:  910.962.CARE https://uncw.edu/care/

The UNCW SOAR Approach to Bystander Intervention

At UNCW each member of our community is expected to be an engaged and supportive bystander to those in need. Personal safety is everyone's responsibility and because the Seahawk Nation is supportive of reducing and eliminating violence on our campus and community, we have developed a simple model to engage bystanders in realistic and safe ways to help keep our community safe. The SOAR Bystander Intervention model:

See a Problem

  • Be perceptive

  • Recognize red flags

Overcome Obstacles

  • Trust your gut

  • Be confident in your abilities

Assume Responsibility

  • Don't wait for someone else to do something


  • Decide what you can do safely & realistically

  • Remember the 3 D's:

    • Direct Intervention - Directly say something to the people involved

    • Delegate - Get someone else involved (your friends, the friends of the involved parties, people "in charge", etc.)

    • Distract - Be creative and change the course of events (make a scene, get one of them out of there, "Hey, Dude"/ "Hey, Girl", "You hungry? Taco time?", etc.)

Just be sure you do SOMETHING!

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.