sexual abuse

To All Those Who Don't Know If They've Been Sexually Assaulted 

I feel like I’m in this in-between space where I have deep sympathies for sexual assault victims and am incredibly passionate about issues of rape culture.

I feel like I’m in this in-between space where I have deep sympathies for sexual assault victims and am incredibly passionate about issues of rape culture.

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Lemoore High School Sexual Assault Victims Speak Out

Savana Vernon and Elizabeth Elrod

Brave Lemoore High School sexual assault victims are sharing their stories. These young women deserve more than just moral support.

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Inglorious Touch 

Photo by Claudia Soraya on Unsplash

Pulling the plug on the numbing forces you to look at your past, dealing with the knives you’ve been carting around which are now being thrown.

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Ask Erin: I Need Help Expressing Anger After Sexual Abuse

I need to know how to express anger after sexual abuse. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

I am unable to physically show any signs of anger — I’m too scared, too well-trained not to. I need to know how to express anger after sexual abuse.

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5 Things That I Will Leave Behind This New Year

This New Year, I propose that we let go of the things which are no longer serving us.

Every New Year people tout the idea of “New Year, New YOU!” But what if the problem isn’t you? I propose we let go of the things that no longer serve us.

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Dear #NotAllMen (You Too, Matt Lauer): Welcome To Being A Woman

#NotAllMen (You Too, Matt Lauer)

This shouldn’t come as a surprise any longer, because it seems like every other dude entertainment industry is a creep, but now it’s Matt Lauer.

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#MeToo & Fat Women: Sexual Assault Is Not A "Favor" 

A world in which fatphobia suggests that fat women are undesirable, and then uses that as a defense of sexually assaulting fat women isn’t new.

We live in a world which fatphobia suggests that fat women are undesirable. It's disturbing to have to say that sexual assault is not a favor.

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Why Did My Sexual Assault Cause Shame?

He assaulted me, and my prevailing feeling was shame.

He violated me and robbed me of an innocence I would never recover. He did this to me. Why did my sexual assault cause shame?

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While We’re Raising Awareness About Sexual Assault, Let’s Raise Better Human Beings Too

"Unless we take a look at ourselves, raising awareness will only go so far."

Raising awareness does nothing if we are not willing to become better humans, if we are not parents willing to raise decent human beings.

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I’m Not The Only One Who Lost Faith

Image via Unsplash (Christopher Campbell)

In my youth, our church was a place of liberal political pride for me. Jesus was a role model for helping others. The man who sexually abused me also spoke eloquently of Christian generosity. He welcomed draft resisters to the church during the Vietnam War. He was an intellectual who introduced me to Virginia Wolf, even as he seemed to feel entitled to sexual access to all women — and children who looked like women, like me.

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