Sexual Violence

What to say when you learn a friend is a sexual violence survivor

If you’ve met me, chances are I’ve told you I’m a survivor of sexual violence. I tell a lot of people. I always have. Part of my mission in life is to break down the shame and stigma that comes along with being a survivor.

I’ll tell you straight up, usually in reference to the […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Sexual Violence|1 Comment

Until All the Stories Are Told

For the last month, I’ve shared one story each day on Twitter about a survivor of sexual violence.

Why? Well, for a few reasons.

First, it’s to illustrate the fact that survivor narratives are diverse. There are male survivors, female survivors, trans survivors, survivors of campus sexual assault, survivors of child sexual abuse, survivors of trafficking, […]

By |August 12th, 2016|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

3 Simple Questions to Make Summer Camp Safe for All Kids

Summer camp can evoke positive memories of friends, sports, swimming, and sitting around a campfire. Maybe you attended summer camp yourself. Maybe you worked as a camp counselor. Or maybe you see kids heading off to camp in the community where you live and work. For some, camp is an idyllic part of summer […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on 3 Simple Questions to Make Summer Camp Safe for All Kids

Running to Wholeness

What I have learned about healing from sexual violence helps me run, and what I have learned about running helps me heal. Last weekend, I ran the Cause and Event 5K to benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. As I dedicated my run to the thousands of survivors they serve each year, the […]

By |May 24th, 2016|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Running to Wholeness

Don’t Be a Booger Bystander

If you have a booger on your face, chances are, I’m going to tell you. I might say, “Hey, you have something hanging off your nose.” Or maybe I’ll silently hand you a tissue. But I’m not going to let you walk around town a minute longer with that booger on your face. Unless […]

By |May 16th, 2016|Random Thoughts, Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Don’t Be a Booger Bystander

Four Things Every College Freshman Should Know About Sexual Violence

It’s real. You are going to college. You visited campus, signed on the dotted line, and started planning out the décor for your dorm room. Your freshman year of college is a time of excitement, intense learning, and independence. New friends. New experiences. New adventures.

But it’s hard to miss the increased coverage and attention […]

By |April 5th, 2016|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Four Things Every College Freshman Should Know About Sexual Violence

Why I Support the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (and hope you will too!)

I have the great fortune of serving on the board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) here in my current hometown of Boston. This year, like every year, I’m raising money to support the organization, and am writing to inspire you to join me in making a gift.

BARCC is one of over […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Why I Support the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (and hope you will too!)

How I Told the TSA I Was a Sexual Assault Survivor

I didn’t expect my Sunday afternoon flight from Boston, MA to Washington, DC to turn into a moment of activism for survivors, but it did. I travel a lot for work, so I know the security drill. Shoes off. Laptop out of your bag. No liquids. Remove your belt. Take everything out of your […]

By |March 8th, 2016|Sexual Violence|5 Comments

Your Weekend Guide to Watching Sports and Fighting Rape

Every week there seems to be a new story about a professional athlete accused of sexual violence. You don’t need to look far to find multiple examples in the NBA, NFL, or NHL. You can read about fans’ responses here, here, and here. Despite these reactions and even broader public outcry, sports viewership remains […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Your Weekend Guide to Watching Sports and Fighting Rape

Sexual Violence and the Millennial Agenda

It should not require an act of bravery to tell a room full of people that I’m a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. In fact, one out of four women and one out of six men shares a story like mine. Sexual violence costs our country more than any other crime, and a […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Sexual Violence and the Millennial Agenda