Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of a protest that garnered national attention after multiple Norman High School students were raped.
Sisters Grace and Sophia Babb, who founded local band Annie Oakley, were inspired by the protest after attending to support their friends, who were affected. On Tuesday, they released their newly recorded single “Hey Honey Hey,” to commemorate the anniversary of the protest.
A short video on Annie Oakley’s Facebook page talks about a local grassroots movement against sexual violence, began by the group Yes All Daughters (YAD). The sisters are also founding student members of the group.
“YAD wants to create a culture in which victims’ voices are heard and believed,” the band’s Facebook post reads.
In the video, Grace talked about a friend of hers that was raped. After her friend came forward, two others came forward, as well.
“All three of them were bullied out of school and they were told, ‘You should come back when things blow over.’ So I wrote part of the song about cat calling because it makes everyone who’s ever been cat-called extremely uncomfortable and I didn’t really know how to finish it,” Grace said.
After the protest, Grace said the song practically wrote itself. She immediately went home and wrote the rest of it.
The song can be listened to on Annie Oakley’s Facebook page or on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/annieoakleymusic/hey-honey-hey. The website also gives a history of the events leading up to the protest last year.
The song will not be available for purchase on iTunes for a couple days, said Stacey Wright, lead organizer of YAD.
Yes All Daughters posted Tuesday on Facebook, recalling the protest:
“One year ago at 9:20 a.m., hundreds of students poured out of the doors at Norman High School. It seemed like the procession would never end.
"As we watched the students walk out of the school, one girl whispered, ‘I thought nobody cared.’ She was one of the girls who’d been raped and bullied out of school. She stood with three other young women who’d had their lives turned upside down..."
"They'd been abandoned by their peers and school administrators. They'd been bullied and taunted, had videos of their rapes sent around and one even received death threats. They thought nobody believed them. They thought they'd never get their lives back on track. They thought nobody cared.
"Until we came together, determined to make it right. Never underestimate what a small group of resolute and passionate people can do. Our protest and this last year are proof of what's possible when a community stands up and demands it.”
• Making an impact: The Yes All Daughters’ protest last year resulted in the school district implementing several changes, including creating student advocacy coordinator positions at both high schools in Norman.
“We also led the effort to successfully pass legislation to teach administrators and teachers how to respond to victims of sexual violence,” Wright said. “We’ve been hard at work this last year and are thrilled to announce our exciting plans for the year ahead, which will have local, state and national impact.”
The group is working with Oklahoma state legislators to introduce a bill aimed at educating parents and students on safe and healthy relationships.
“Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. Educating teens about safe and healthy relationships is essential to reversing these horrifying statistics,” Wright said.
Oklahoma ranks among the worst statistics in the country on partner and sexual violence.
“We believe a proactive, rather than a reactive approach begins with education. Education is prevention,” Wright said.
Yes All Daughters will partner with a national campaign, SafeBAE, to end sexual violence by educating middle and high school-aged students on sexual violence and safe relationships.
SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven campaign whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and students’ rights under Title IX.
SafeBAE will focus on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to advocate for consent and safe relationship education.
Yes All Daughters will guide the national roll out of pilot chapters of the campaign, Wright said.
The launch event, SafeBAE National Summit: Solutions for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence in High School, will take place Dec. 12 in Arlington, Virginia. The summit will feature high school survivors of sexual assault, along with their parents, legal advocates and administrators.
Wright, along with Danielle Brown and Christina Owen of Yes All Daughters, will travel to Washington, D.C., for the launch.
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