12/30/2014 10:06 am ET Updated Dec 30, 2014

2014′s Sexual Assault Reckoning: Cosby, Ghomeshi & America's Exhausting Holding Pattern

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Are there things we can say this year about sexual violence that couldn’t have been said before? There have been new victims, of course. New stories of violation in the news or whispered about in anxious secrecy. More people showed us the kinds of gymnastics we will perform in an attempt to deny the prevalence of rape and the punishing way our culture treats survivors. More women were brave, endured the public’s vitriol and disdain in order to tell their stories, support others and hold our systems to account.

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