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Sexual Assault Awareness

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.

Even Men Blame Themselves for Rape

Kelly Kendziorski | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Kelly Kendziorski

People like to talk about sex, but talking about rape is a lot harder. For the past year and a half, I've been making a documentary on rape, so I've gotten some practice.

Telling the Truth and Demanding Justice

Greg Jacob | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Greg Jacob

Today, more than 250 people will come to Washington, D.C., for a first-of-its-kind event that will inform, empower and move forward critical efforts to eliminate sexual violence within the military.

Breaking the Silence: Why Men and Women Must Stand Together on Sexual Assault

Nico Lang | Posted 06.18.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

As we observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we must realize that our responsibility to the women and men who have been affected by sexual violence extends for more than just 30 days. Education and outreach are life-long endeavors.

Advising Colleges on SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month)

Lisa M. Friel | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Lisa M. Friel

With so much at stake, academic institutions need to provide improved education and training regarding the laws governing sexual harassment and assault if they want to reduce such incidents on campus.

Growing Up with Rape

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Isabel Kaplan

I can't remember a time when I didn't know about rape. And I can't remember how I learned. I just know it was there, always there. Being raped altered and shaped my mother's identity, and I always knew that.