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Breaking the Silence

How To Respond To Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Yasmin Nouh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Women
Yasmin Nouh

By addressing how our responses to survivors play a critical role in the healing process, these women show that dealing with sexual assault should not be an individual's burden alone, but a collective responsibility we embrace with compassion and the utmost care.

Time for Congress to Act on Campus Sexual Assault

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

For too long, college students have suffered in silence in the face of these attacks, hurt by a culture that encouraged these crimes to be swept under the rug. This is an epidemic and a stain upon our nation -- and it is long past time that Congress took action to address it.

Lady Gaga's Oscar Nomination Propels Campus Rape Awareness

Kirby Dick | Posted 01.15.2016 | College
Kirby Dick

We are thrilled that "Til It Happens To You," The Hunting Ground's original song, has become the fifth song from a documentary ever to receive an Academy Award nomination.

How Harvard Law Professors Retaliated Against An Assault Survivor

Kirby Dick | Posted 01.06.2016 | College
Kirby Dick

Two powerful universities whose wrongdoings were exposed in The Hunting Ground have gone to great lengths to attack the accounts of survivors: Harvard Law, which protected an assailant who was repeatedly found to have committed assault, and Florida State University, which covered up a rape investigation of its star quarterback.

Breaking the Silence on the Path to Reconciliation for Israeli Soldiers

Robi Damelin | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Robi Damelin

What does a person who has served three of four years, in the case of an officer, feel when finally they give back their guns at the end of their service knowing that they will have to serve in the reserves for many years to come.

Sexual Assault: This is How You Go From Outrage to Doubt

Mary Wald | Posted 12.17.2015 | College
Mary Wald

All anyone watching The Hunting Ground really wants from our universities, including the venerated Harvard Law, is to say yes, there is a problem here. We are going to address and fix it, for the sake of our students.

Hillary Clinton Promises To Tackle Campus Sexual Assault If Elected

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton tackled the issue of campus sexual assault for the first time since hitting the campaign trail this election cycle, calling for ...

Jessa And Jill Duggar Speak Out About Sexual Abuse On TLC Documentary 'Breaking The Silence'

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment

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How We Started A Conversation About Rape

Alexandra Kudatzky | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Kudatzky

High school is a critical venue for discussing sexual violence and the increasing prevalence of campus rape in the media.

Defining the Blurred Lines

Annie Rosenthal | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
Annie Rosenthal

But what actually happens here? What does it mean to have an experience in which one engages in unwanted sex, but does not feel explicitly forced into the sex act? And why had 100 percent of women I spoke with experienced this?

Moving Forward: Implementing an Educational Program at U.Va to Prevent Sexual Assault

Nia Bentall | Posted 06.28.2015 | College
Nia Bentall

Sexual assault is so common that the vast majority of students will be affected by it in some way during their time in college.

Your Role in the Movement to End Campus Sexual Assault

Kirby Dick | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Kirby Dick

Students who experience sexual violence should know that they are never alone, and there are many ways to ask for help, from contacting the local police department or notifying campus police to seeking support of friends and family or contacting a local crisis hotline.

We Need to Stand Together to End Rape and Support All Who Have Been Victimized

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Katie Koestner

He doesn't say he was raped, but he doesn't have to. I know what he is trying to say. Like most victims, the full sentence, "I was raped," is one we resist speaking at all. The label is too grotesque to add to our conscience.

By Breaking The Silence Around Sexual Assault You Could Be Helping Others Talk About Their Experiences

Amanda Blaugher | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Amanda Blaugher

Attending a Catholic College and admitting that you were assaulted can feel so shameful, however it is not shame that you should feel. Rather, by breaking the silence you are potentially helping others to not become victims at the hands of their offender.

Colleges Need to Stand Up For Their Students to Help End Sexual Assault

Alyssa Peterson | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Alyssa Peterson

We believe that a strong, civil rights based campus system is integral to ending this violence once and for all.

A Call for More Faculty Involvement in the Campus Rape Crisis

Caroline Heldman | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Caroline Heldman

As a faculty survivor activist in the new campus anti-rape movement, it is unsettling to witness the "appalling silence of the good people," especially those who hold the greatest power to address the crisis: faculty members.

Leaving Fear Out of the College Experience

Britnae Purdy | Posted 06.13.2015 | College
Britnae Purdy

College is the time when we learn to reach for our fullest potentials. It is also often the time when we learn to be afraid. I think it's time for that to change.

Building Bridges During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Gordon Braxton | Posted 06.07.2015 | Black Voices
Gordon Braxton

Sexual Assault Awareness Month remains an excellent opportunity for you to honestly listen to what is being said and to lend your own voice if you feel moved to do so.

Healing From Any Form of Sexual Violence is a Long Journey

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Katie Koestner

Take Back The Night invites you to speak, to add your story to the heap. We invite those who stand against sexual violence to Walk the Walk with us, to do more than just talk the talk.

I Was Assaulted On Campus 20 Years Ago, And I'm Still 'Carrying That Weight'

NOTCHES | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
NOTCHES

I remembered the several hours I had spent there during my own Columbia freshman orientation, back in 1996. I had awoken in the middle of the night pinned to my bunk bed by a man who breathed hotly on my face, promising we would "do it again soon."

Vanderbilt Student: I Was Told It Was Too Late To Report My Sexual Assault

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.28.2015 | College

In a step in its crusade to prevent sexual violence on college campuses, the White House will screen a new documentary about sexual assault victims at...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Senator Incensed That Writer Labeled 'Rape Apologist' Is Speaking At Michigan State

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.11.2014 | College

Backlash is mounting against Michigan State University for its refusal to cancel a graduation speech by a writer critics call a "rape apologist." ...

Silence Will Not Save Us

David Vognar | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
David Vognar

Even if we choose to have civil conversations with each other about tense topics, it is no guarantee we can solve them instantaneously. But surely what cannot be discussed cannot be solved.

A Letter to My Fellow Students

Tanvi Jayaraman | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Tanvi Jayaraman

Sexual assault is not just a crime; it is a gross violation of our human rights. As the conversation about sexual violence ignites on the national platform, small-scale, university-focused efforts are the key to impacting sustainable change.

Professor Accused Of Sexual Assault Is Suing His Alleged Student Victim

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.29.2014 | College

A Northwestern University professor accused of sexually assaulting a student filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman on Tuesday, marking the late...