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Student + Advocate Protests Against Sexual Violence in the U.S.

May 1, 2021 – November 16, 2022

This report uses data produced by the Crowd Counting Consortium (CCC) to describe trends in protest against sexual violence in schools in the United States. The current version of the larger data set from which these records were drawn can be found online in the GitHub repository of Harvard Kennedy School’s Nonviolent Action Lab.

Since May 1, 2021, CCC has recorded 341 protests, rallies, vigils, and other public gatherings related to sexual violence in schools in 193 different cities and towns across the U.S. Estimates of crowd size are available for 252 of these 341 events, or 74%. For those 252 events, we counted a total of 25,121 to 39,565 participants. Some 194 of these events focused on colleges and universities; the remaining 147 focused on middle or high schools or other educational institutions (e.g., public school districts).

The chart below shows the distribution of these events over time.