An Open Letter to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, From a Survivor of Assault

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By Christie Page

Dear Sarah Huckabee Sanders,

It is finally time I penned this letter to you directly. I have spent quite some time deciding on the tone of this letter and what I want to reflect. Most importantly, I have asked myself if I were you, what would I need to hear to empathize with the plight of millions of women who have bravely come forward in an effort to be heard?

I wonder about you. I wonder if in those moments when you are alone in your car on your commute to work, or when you first wake up in the morning before your feet hit the ground, if ever there is a time when you say to yourself: “I can’t do this anymore.” Continue reading

Sexual Assault Survivors Don’t Owe You Their Stories

Sexual Assault Survivors Don't Owe You Their Stories

By Jillian Leslie

A two-word hashtag started by actress, Alyssa Milano, filled up our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds this week. #MeToo was created to shed light on the amount of women who’ve fallen victim to sexual assault. It was successful to say the least. Countless brave, heroic women shared their horror stories and bared their scars for the world to see. Women spoke out in an effort to educate the unaffected and break down the barrier of silence our society builds around sexual assault. While scores of women participated, others purposefully left themselves out of the dialogue for fear of being criticized, judged or triggered. Do sexual assault victims owe the Internet their story? No, and here’s why: Continue reading

If Your Response to Rape Culture Is #NotAllMen, You’re Part of the Problem

By Kirsten Parnell

Numbers have never been my strong point — math class used to reduce me to tears on a semi-regular basis. But over the last few days, as more and more allegations against Harvey Weinstein have surfaced, and millions of women have shared their stories of harassment using the hashtag #metoo, I’ve started to have more faith in numbers. The sheer volume of stories makes the Harvey Weinstein scandal feel like a watershed moment. I’ve watched the media coverage with a mixture of sadness and relief: the pervasiveness of the problem is depressing, but now it’s dominating the news agenda, maybe we’ll actually start to see a change. Continue reading

Why I Chose to Take My Rapist to Court

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By Cece Flores

Trigger Warning: The following contains details about sexual assault.

I remember the uncharacteristically warm November night. I remember walking down the street with my winter jacket open. I remember the brand new black-and-white striped sweater I was wearing, so new it hadn’t even been washed yet. I wanted him to see it. I thought he’d find it cool. He was 35, I was 24. I just wanted him to think I was cool. Continue reading

The Crossroads of History: How Trump is Turning America Into a Cautionary Tale

By De and Kate

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse.

If you have an Internet connection and/or a television, you have already heard the tapes of Donald Trump, Republican Nominee for President of the United States, brag about sexually assaulting women. In fact, you’ve probably heard it dozens of times by now.  Continue reading

Trump’s Comments On Sexual Assault in the Military Are Not Only Wrong – They’re Dangerous

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By Jillian Stacia

During Wednesday’s Commander-in-Chief Forum, Donald Trump did a great job of reminding America why he is the most anti-women candidate in the history of United States politics. In addition to his previous comments about women in the workplace, women’s appearances, and threatening to punish women who get abortions, Trump has now defended his claim that military sexual assault is the result of women being allowed to serve.  Continue reading