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Sexual Assault Survivors

Lena Dunham Gave A Powerful Speech About Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women

"When I was raped, I felt powerless." That's what Lena Dunham had to say when she opened up about her alleged sexual assault, speaking at Variety's...

Applying to Columbia as a Survivor

Amelia Roskin-Frazee | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Amelia Roskin-Frazee

I'm tired of feeling alone. I'm tired of not being surrounded by activists fighting for survivors like myself. I smiled at No Red Tape's protest for the same reason I almost started crying with joy when I was accepted to Columbia: I know that, come August, I won't be alone anymore.

Why So Many People Don't Believe Survivors Of Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 04.03.2015 | Women

If a woman says she was sexually assaulted -- believe her. In a new video for her series "MTV Braless," Laci Green discusses why many people don't...

If Reporting A Robbery Was Like Reporting A Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

What if law enforcement talked to people who have been robbed the same way they often treat people who have been sexually assaulted? A new video wr...

Out of Darkness, Light

Sen. Rand Paul | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Sen. Rand Paul

There is a government role in combating sex trafficking and the abusers -- but what about the victims? These women are broken physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They need healing in all areas and Christian-based programs have proven to be successful over and over. I will continue to be a voice for these victims.

How To Tell If Your Experience Of Sexual Assault Is Valid In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women

A lot of time, energy and web space is taken up questioning the stories of survivors of sexual assault. People wonder why some of Bill Cosby's 20+...

My Therapist Assaulted Me -- And I Passed A Law To Keep It From Happening Again

xoJANE | Posted 03.27.2015 | Women

Each therapy session he would cross the boundaries a little bit more and each time, I told myself that it was me who had the problem. He was a professional with years of experience, education, and training. He knew what he was doing, and I was the one that needed help.

Survivors Share Some Of The Hidden Costs Of Sexual Assault In College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.02.2014 | College

In the Rolling Stone piece on rape at the University of Virginia that's garnered significant attention in recent weeks, one component that struck a pa...

Florida State Sexual Assault Survivors Face Extra Burden From Police

New York Times | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

After downing a double dose of NyQuil to fight a cold, the young woman woke in a man’s dormitory room with a vague memory of someone being on top of...

How Forensic Nurses Support Wellbeing for Assault Survivors

Barbra A. Bachmeier | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Barbra A. Bachmeier

"I just want to make sure that I am okay." Those are the first words I hear from a sexual assault patient when they arrive at a health care facility for a medical forensic exam.

"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.

Most Colleges Got a D+ or Worse on Sexual Assault Policy. Here's How They Can Change That.

Selena Shen | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Selena Shen

What does it look like for campuses to have comprehensive, survivor-oriented sexual assault policies? There are key steps to creating safer campuses.

When the Party Stops: A Rape Victim's Story

Oral Fixation | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Oral Fixation

It's called a one-night stand because it's only supposed to be a short moment of your life, something you can just walk away from and maybe brag to your friends about. But if it changes you and leaves you with scars, can you still call it a one-night stand?

This Is What Happened When I Reported My Rape

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.07.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

Maybe he had never interviewed someone who said she was raped by a guy who was really good looking, really rich, really smart and really talented.

It's Not Rape, If It's a Freshman: An Open Letter to Parents

Susan J. Goldstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Susan J. Goldstein

On September 8th, my daughter, an eighteen-year-old freshman, had been at college just three weeks when she called to tell me she had been sexually assaulted by a group of football players.

Heartbreaking Photos Of Sexual Assault Survivors Aim To Open Our Eyes To Tragedy

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

New York photographer Lydia Billings grew up understanding rape from a distance, knowing its irreversibly damaging effects without actually feeling th...

"Did Your Blood Splatter or Pour?" and Other Media Mistakes: Interviewing a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Annie E. Clark | Posted 11.26.2013 | College
Annie E. Clark

First piece of advice: If you want to report on human-interest stories, at least can treat your sources like humans.

College Sexual Assault Survivor: 'I Was Told Rape Is Like A Football Game'

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.11.2013 | College

One in four women will be raped before graduating from college -- a sobering statistic that all women in American universities face. While more studen...

Tyler Kingkade

Group To Feds On Sexual Misconduct At Colleges: Do Your Job | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

A group pressuring the U.S. Department of Education to enforce federal rules on prosecuting sexual misconduct on college campuses, plans to stage a de...

Sexual Assault And Rape Culture Are LGBTQ Issues

Sue Kerr | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Members of the LGBTQ community should be on the front lines in the army of allies to survivors. The misogyny that reduces women to sexual toys is the same misogyny that underscores much of the homophobic and transphobic attitudes in our culture.

Tyler Kingkade

LOOK: Sexual Assault Survivors Speak Out In Photo Series | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

Students at Amherst College have put pressure on administrators over how their school handles reports of sexual assaults, as several first-person acco...

Notre Dame Football Player Cleared Of Alleged Sexual Assault

Posted 11.24.2011 | Chicago

A University of Notre Dame football player who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman who later killed herself has been cleared of wrongdoing by a...

Joseph Erbentraut

Are Midwestern Campuses Turning A Blind Eye To Rape? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

Last week, a Chicago Tribune article reported startlingly low arrest and conviction rates in cases of sexual assaults across a selection of six Illino...