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KU student creates global nonprofit organization to fight against rape culture

KU public safety reports in 2016 there were five sexual offenses on campus as well as numerous cases that have not been reported. One woman is making strides to help this number go down by creating a nonprofit organization right here in Lawrence.

Sara Li may look like your average 20 year old KU student but look again and you’ll find a driven woman with a plan to change the world. Li started her nonprofit organization, Project Consent at the age of 17. It all started by creating an Instagram page encouraging people to stand up against sexual assault and snowballed from there.

“So the project kind of started because I was fed up with the way people were talking about sexual assault and I thought victims deserved better,” Li said.

sara-li.net says “Project Consent has been known as a lighthouse beacon for sexual assault survivors and allies alike.”

Li has received about 22 awards as well as being part of the Kansas City Star: 30 under 30. “I think the biggest one we’ve won is the web award in this past spring for our last campaign which was consent is simple. It was a really cool campaign because it was the first one we’ve had that went viral,” Li said.

As for the future, Li plans to shoot a campaign with Abigail Breslin, finish writing her book and launch her new podcast.

Interested in getting to know more about Project Consent? Head over the projectconsent.com

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