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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This week, the Association of American Universities released the results of a nationwide campus climate survey exploring campus violence. This survey was the largest of its kind and reached 150,000 students from 27 colleges and universities. We applaud the AAU and the individual campuses for investing the time and resources into this thoughtful survey […]
As my freshman year at Brown drew to a close, I was not in a good place. Despite the fact that I had started therapy with M that winter, I was still swirling in self-destructive behaviors. Alcohol was relatively easy to access. I smoked like a chimney. No one was paying attention to how […]
It wasn’t like I ever forgot. There was a man. His shirt had pearl buttons. His face was scratchy. I was in the bath. Something was wrong, really wrong.
But I didn’t really remember until I was 14.
It was the first summer I spent away from my family, and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself […]