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At Harvard, Silence Around Sexual Assault

First Posted: 07/03/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:20 PM ET

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The Harvard Crimson:

Last spring, Ryan found himself outside late at night, alone with his boyfriend, who had just consumed nine shots of tequila.


The boyfriend tried to pressure him into performing sex acts Ryan said he was uncomfortable with, verbally and physically threatening him before finally punching Ryan in the face.


Ryan, whose name has been changed to protect his privacy, ran back to his room, devastated. The two broke up a few days later and have never talked about the confrontation.


Over the next semester, Ryan took circuitous routes across campus, avoiding buildings and people that reminded him of the "emotionally terrorizing" incident. He experienced panic attacks and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Read the whole story: The Harvard Crimson

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