Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)

The Spiral of Healing

The Spiral of Healing

Thanks to our guest blogger Natalie Ziemba for this entry. Healing takes time. There is no step-by-step prescription for how to recover after a traumatic event such as sexual violence. Everyone has a different experience of trauma, which means everyone also has a different experience of healing. For many survivors, though, the path to healing…

A Second Look at #MeToo

A Second Look at #MeToo

Part call to action, part show of solidarity, the trending of #MeToo serves as a rallying cry to draw attention to the pervasiveness of sexual violence and sexual harassment. The hashtag not only calls attention to the widespread impact of these criminal behaviors, but also builds public support for victims and survivors by showing they…

Fievel the Facility Dog

Fievel the Facility Dog

At first glance, it might not look like I’m working very hard in this picture, but, boy is it hard to hang out with these friends without licking them the whole time! Giving kisses is my favorite way of showing my friends how much I like them. That’s not the only thing I’m good at…

Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

Thanks to our guest blogger Natalie Ziemba for this entry. Many people process through trauma by letting it out, often through writing, art, or some other creative medium. Many people also experience re-traumatization when reading something that reminds them of their own experience. To help reduce harm, people began sharing content warnings with their blogs,…

I’m going to live abroad. Am I signing up to get sexually assaulted?

I’m going to live abroad. Am I signing up to get sexually assaulted?

‘I’m going to live abroad. Am I signing up to get sexually assaulted?’ As an undergraduate, I chose to spend Spring semester of my sophomore year in Ghana. I remember my parents’ fears and one aunt’s harrowing warning: “Don’t get raped.” Before moving to Ghana, I lived in dorms at the University of Maryland, College…

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Shame

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Shame

There are countless reasons why someone may not want to talk about an experience of sexual assault: it feels invasive to share intimate details about your life, uncertainty about whether unwanted sex counts as sexual assault, a desire to leave it in the past. One of the most common contributors to silence around sexual assault…

#MeToo vs. Oscars 2018: The Struggle Persists

#MeToo vs. Oscars 2018: The Struggle Persists

In the months since the #MeToo hashtag started trending on Twitter, the energy, support, and advocacy behind these words show promise of turning into a full-fledged movement with the possibility of leading to significant cultural change. There has been growing recognition of people of color, LGBTQ survivors, and male survivors participating in #MeToo. Industry leaders…

Is the Louis CK Apology any Different?

Is the Louis CK Apology any Different?

Twenty-six. I did a little bit of research to get the number right. As I typed the words into Google, I found that my heart was pounding. I was terrified to read the names. According to the New York Times, as of November 10, 26 powerful, famous men in Hollywood are under investigation for various…

How Many Victims Does It Take to Convict a Celebrity Rapist?

How Many Victims Does It Take to Convict a Celebrity Rapist?

Apparently, more than 50. One of the big questions around sexual assault and rape culture is the following: Why don’t victims report? Why do they remain silent? There are many reasons that contribute to the decision not to report, but there is a common thread that connects many of them. Victims and survivors remain silent…