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Sexual Assault Awareness

College Students Give Their Younger Siblings The Advice Sex Ed Often Skips

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 07.14.2015 | College

"Own your sexuality, nobody has the right to shame you." That is the sex advice that Josy Jablons, a New York University student, would like her yo...

34 Things Women Do To Stay Safe Show The Burden Of 'Being Careful'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women

"But it is the men who are attacking the women. If there is to be a curfew, let the men stay at home." So responded Israeli Prime Minist...

My Daughter's Story and Why Parents Need To Talk to Their Children About Sexual Assault

Andrea Cooper | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Andrea Cooper

If you have not already done so, now is the time to talk to your son, your daughter, or your best friend and tell them if they are sexually assaulted that you will be there to support them.

10 Points of Light are Burning Tonight

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Katie Koestner

People from all over are headed out to the city streets, the country roads, and the night sky with our vigil candles to burn away the pa

We Need Communities and Universities to Come Together to End Sexual Assault

Sari Lipsett | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Sari Lipsett

As a campus activist, I educated peers on rape culture and the need to shift campus norms. I found my voice in the movement to end violence against women and discovered the power that emanates from collaboration and bringing people together around an issue.

How I Refused to be Victimized When I was Catcalled at 13

Maryna Bencharska | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
Maryna Bencharska

Who are these men who behave like predators? Do they have a target age group? All girls develop differently in physical and emotional ways. At 13 it's hard to comprehend that you are a sexual object for some males. You are not a child to them.

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.

Why I Became An Activist In The Movement Against Sexual Assault

Bendjhi Villiers | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Bendjhi Villiers

As a member of I.M.P.A.C.T (Intelligent Men Purposefully Accomplishing College Together), I take part in frequent discussions about violence against women and the role we play in the overall equation. I've readied myself to be able to step in and prevent assault from happening if the situation presents itself.

Building Better Men

Matt Green | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Matt Green

We aren't out to fix boys; we're out to build better men... by creating the conditions whereby their predisposition to be good friends, good partners and spouses, and ultimately good fathers will shine.

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

Matthew Leibowitz | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

When Is It Enough?

Angela Lee | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why I Stopped Talking About What Happened, And Why I'm Changing That

Grace Brown | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Grace Brown

In the two years of working on Project Unbreakable, I never allowed myself to break. I focused on only giving others a voice. I didn't realize I had allowed my family anguish -- and myself -- to silence my own.

Military Sexual Trauma Survivor Says NO MORE

Marcel Edwards | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Marcel Edwards

Like many military members who survive a sexual assault, the process of reporting the rape and seeking some justice was a long, despairing and ultimately fruitless effort.

Let's Get Men and Boys off the Sidelines

Juliana Carlson | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Juliana Carlson

It may seem intuitive that ending violence, and particularly violence against women and girls (VAW), requires the commitment of all community members.

The Holy Grail Of Sexual Assault Data

Tucker Reed | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
Tucker Reed

Most importantly, the results from these surveys would provide the Holy Grail of rape-related data -- some real sense for the percentage of unreported assaults. We would finally have access to the experiences of those raped women and men who are unwilling to come forward due to legitimate fear of dismissal and shaming.

I'm Ready to Stop Hiding My History of Sexual Abuse

Briana Vargas | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Briana Vargas

My therapist probably doesn't want me to write this. When you're trying to heal, it's not particularly healthy to reopen the wound. I'm not writing this because it's healthy; I'm writing because I need to stop hiding.

Jezebel, Pocahottie, Mami, and China Doll: Highlighting Racialized Sexual Violence

Anahvia Taiyib | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Anahvia Taiyib

Sexual violence has always been racialized (as well as gender-biased), and there is no one narrative that can fully capture the diversity of experiences. I reject the idea that there is a "universal womanhood" and universal experiences that all women share.

If You Don't Like "Rape Culture" Then Focus For A Minute On Sex and Status

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.07.2014 | College
Soraya Chemaly

Last week saw two media flare-ups related to how we think and talk about rape. The first erupted over a statement made by Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault.

Silence Is the Enemy in Ending Sexual Violence

Roger Canaff | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Roger Canaff

Silence is the best protection from the deep sting of a negative response. But tragically, silence is also the greatest weapon of those who make the choice to rape us.

My Niece's Story Is the Reason I Say "No More" to Sexual Assault

Tom Reed | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Tom Reed

Over the last year, my family experienced firsthand the issue of sexual assault when my niece was raped. It was her senior prom night -- a night many young women look back on with fond memories.