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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

How Law Enforcement Should Treat Victims of Sexual Assault

Katie Koestner | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Katie Koestner

I am not writing to critique law enforcement. I am writing to explain how it is to tell anyone the story of your rape, assault, or abuse. This is how hard it is to describe what happened, because your brain has barely let the facts into your head.

The Role You Can Play in Preventing Sexual Assault

Scott Berkowitz | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Scott Berkowitz

There are a number of ways you can help to end sexual violence. From being aware of the risks to trusting your instincts and stepping in when a friend needs your help, you may be able to help prevent a sexual assault from occurring.

Enough With The Victim Blaming

Vickie R. Sides | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Vickie R. Sides

One of the most difficult things about working with survivors of violence is helping them cope with the internal and external blame. Yes. Victims blame themselves as much as we blame them.

A Call for More Faculty Involvement in the Campus Rape Crisis

Caroline Heldman | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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.

How to Be Part of the Solution: The Significance of Greek Self-Reflection

Matthew Leibowitz | Posted 04.09.2015 | College
Matthew Leibowitz

I am heartbroken and angry to see our national leaders act defensive as a means of self-preservation. They fail to realize that Greeks are survivors, Greeks are advocates and Greeks value their community. To lift up our organizations, we must stop being defensive.

How Good Girls Get Educated in Bad Girl Things

Kelly Vrooman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Kelly Vrooman

Good girls who question become bad girls. Heck, good girls who don't question are always on the edge of being considered bad girls anyway. The goodness of a girl is devastatingly fragile. So, instead, my education took place in secret.

When Is It Enough?

Angela Lee | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Angela Lee

Rape is not one narrative. I wasn't at a party. I didn't get a rape kit done or press charges. But I did not want to have sex and my partner did not accept that.

Building Bridges During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Gordon Braxton | Posted 04.10.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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.

Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault

Mallory Gricoskie | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Mallory Gricoskie

Preventing sexual violence takes all of us, working together in big and small ways to create a culture of safety and respect on college campuses and beyond. It's time to act.

How Rape Jokes Contribute to Rape Culture

Madeline Wahl | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

The shock that materializes at the realization that someone close to you has been raped or sexually assaulted shatters reality and questions whether there is actually good in the world.

From Gossip to Bragging, How Girls and Boys Are Talking About Sex Is a Problem

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Katie Koestner

f boys and men speak of the act of doing, conquest, teamwork, and if girls retell the story without commentary and proudly support the boys' team, how can we delude ourselves into movement toward sexual equality and respect?

We Have the Right to Bodily Integrity No Matter What We're Drinking

Emily Renda | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Emily Renda

I was a first year student out at a party drinking in the Fall, and a guy who insisted on walking me home invited me to hang out in his room. It's not unusual -- practically commonplace.

We Are Ready to Go Beyond Awareness in April

Laura Palumbo | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Laura Palumbo

It means so much when voices come together to talk about sexual assault. As an activist, it's one of my favorite times of the year. It makes me wonder about what the world would look like if every month were April.

Just Say No To Rape.

Belle Knox | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Belle Knox

I think that I should be able to wear whatever the hell I want without being labeled as a slut. This idea that men cannot control their impulses is archaic and offensive.

The Next Generation of Activists Is Keeping Us Honest

Claire N. Kaplan | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Claire N. Kaplan

From where I sit, today's youth are far more engaged, far more concerned and truthfully, more prepared to deal with roadblocks than my generation, and they expect to carry on that activism after graduation.

We're Covering the National Mall in a Giant Quilt for Victims of Sexual Assault

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

The first blanket that was ever made for The Monument Quilt was the first time I ever told my story.

How a Culture of Victim Blaming Keeps Survivors From Speaking Out

Erin McKelle | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

I didn't feel that I would be believed by my family, not because of anything they said to me, but because of the implicit messages I received from society.

What Does It Mean to Be a Child of Rape?

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

"I am the product of my mother's rape." He spoke and moved at the same time. Like he wouldn't have said it unless he was moving.

The Student Government Leader Who Sexually Assaulted Me

Savannah Badalich | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Savannah Badalich

Two weeks into my second year at UCLA, I was sexually assaulted by a friend and fellow Bruin during a student government retreat.

From Westeros to White Ribbon: Examining the Male Reaction to Rape

Winnie M Li | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Winnie M Li

A rape survivor myself, I wasn't so furious. In fact, I found it telling that Cersei Lannister could still be subjected to rape at the hand(s) of her own brother and former lover. Personally, I think that's a potent statement from the show's creators, reminding us that sexual assault can affect anyone regardless of how high you sit in a fictional society or in the real world.

Those Who Avidly Defend Manhood Are Often Its Biggest Traitors

Gordon Braxton | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Gordon Braxton

To let many men tell it, they are experts at deciphering the intentions of women and wooing them towards a mutual attraction, but this confidence quickly disperses when it comes to discussion of sexual assault.

"I Don't Want to Be That Girl": The Story of Why I Don't Tell Stories About Sexual Assault

Terry O'Neill | Posted 06.23.2014 | Women
Terry O'Neill

In the first few weeks, the community really supports the rape victim, but then there is a shift and the rape victim becomes isolated while the community circles around to defend the perpetrator.

My Inbox Is Full of High School and Middle School Students' Stories of Sexual Assault

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

The email reads, "This fall he's been in one of my classes, and he won't stop touching me. I can't get him to stop."