Today, inspired by all those confessions I scrolled through in the recent days, I would like to share my own story, and maybe to inspire others to speak up. I'm doing this under hashtag #IamNotAfraidToTell, although I am honestly terrified of opening up to so many people, because it took me six years to come to terms with myself and my past.
The judge addresses us. He reiterates the responsibilities and informs us that this is a criminal trial and will probably run two weeks and everyone must be able to commit to that time. And then he drops this bomb: This is a case of accused sexual assault.
Prostitution, one of the most brutal forms of male-perpetrated sexual abuse, is illegal in South Africa. While corrupt police are known to arrest and brutalize the women for loitering, buyers of sexual acts are rarely arrested.
As a two-time Olympic swimmer, a three-time NCAA national team champion, and a survivor of coach-athlete sexual abuse, I have fought both publicly and behind the scenes to address sexual abuse in sport through Safe4Athletes. While I knew my sport had monsters, I was naive to think that they were mostly on the pool deck.
If the only time we discuss these issues and take action is when it's a big news headline, an unintended consequence is that silence will be perpetuated by people's fear of being the next headline on the evening news. No thanks.
Child sexual abuse is a terrifyingly common crime, one that often goes undetected. Since children spend more waking hours in school than they do at ho...
When our stories are silenced -- by an abuser, a religion, a government or even by our own pain or insecurity -- our ability to educate and heal ourselves and own community is diminished.
The Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner. (jocelynbyrd/Flickr) On January 17, 2015, Brock Turner, then a student at Stanford University, raped an unconscio...
For years, the most common slogan on Utah license plates was simply, beautifully, "Greatest Snow on Earth." A few years ago, plates bearing the new S...
I have spent much of my life fighting for the protection of kids, teenagers, and the underdog. All too often I encounter young people whose lives were ruined by the scourge of sexual abuse which harms their self-esteem and ability to thrive and function as adults.
How has expression set you free? This weekend, I had my first official public reading of my full-length drama, Imprints. As...
The film earned its Academy awards through its deft retelling of the story of the investigative reporting team that uncovered the systematic cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests in the archdiocese of Boston. But Spotlight did not tell the whole story.
Make no mistake: your actions did in fact make light of the experience of sexual abuse victims. You made a parody and a spectacle out of what is a real-life, inescapable nightmare for thousands of people for your own personal gain.
How do you celebrate a relationship and woman for whom you've had to learn to grieve whether she's died or not?
As a society, we don't talk openly about sex. In most homes, we tend to learn sex as a second language, and not as part of our regular vocabulary. We sing songs with our kids like "Head and shoulders, knees and toes" which skip the important body parts in between shoulders and knees.
What does it say about our society that Scott Cross needed extraordinary courage to speak at the sentencing hearing of his high school wrestling coach, Dennis Hastert? Do we want to live in a world in which crime victims do not feel comfortable sharing their stories?