About Sarah Beaulieu

Sarah Beaulieu is the founder of The Enliven Project.

House: Thing or Experience?

I read an article in the NY Times this weekend about how spending money on experiences makes you happier than spending money on stuff.  Having just bought a new house with my husband, Marc, this article, of course, made me immediate question whether I should have taken the down payment money and gone on […]

By |August 9th, 2010|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Making messages about sexual violence relevant and fund-worthy

In 2008, I created a presentation for a nonprofit management class at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management on the messaging and funding challenges for organizations that work in the sexual violence arena.  This work came out of my experience as a volunteer at a local rape crisis center and nearly ten years of […]

By |January 10th, 2010|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

Funding for companies that cover up rape

Al Franken thought it would be a good idea to revoke funding from companies that prevent victims of sexual assault from pressing criminal charges, like KBR, who allegedly tried to stop an employee who was gang-raped in Iraq from pressing charges against her attackers.  The article on E-News Park Forest focused on the fact […]

By |December 5th, 2009|Random Thoughts|1 Comment

Roman Polanski’s bail set at a fraction of his net worth

Roman Polanski's bail set at a fraction of his net worth

By |November 28th, 2009|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Open Letter to Governor Patrick and State Legislators: Restore funding for programs that support survivors of sexual assault

Dear Governor Patrick,

I’m writing as your constituent to urge you to sign the $400K included in the FY2010 supplemental budget for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. (Line Item 4510-0810 of the Department of Public Health).


I also urge you to match these funds of $600K from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services […]

By |November 24th, 2009|Sexual Violence|2 Comments

Not OK By the Numbers: The Rapist’s Fate


If there is a crime to get away with, it is rape.  Only 16% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.  Read about it on the RAINN website.

Artwork by Paul Pierson

By |November 16th, 2009|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

Movements and Minga

I recently met Katie Simon, a senior at Concord Academy, and the founder of this amazing group called Minga.  Minga is an organization focused on organizing youth to raise awareness about the child sex trade.  Katie's opinion is that we have have an opportunity to educate youth so that they won't become the next […]

By |October 29th, 2009|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

I have something to say

I started speaking as a survivor speaker for the Boston Rape Crisis Center about a year ago.  I speak in a variety of venues to different groups of speakers about my personal experiences with sexual abuse and assault in hopes of inspiring people and opening their minds.  I began speaking for several reasons:I am […]

By |October 15th, 2009|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Girl, I would build cities for you

What would you say to your closest friend if she were raped or sexual assaulted?  How would you respond?  What words of comfort would you offer him?Sometimes, we are afraid to say anything.  We are afraid to say the wrong thing, or not the best thing.  Or, we might be afraid that there is […]

By |October 12th, 2009|Sexual Violence|1 Comment

Same story, 12 years later.

When I was in college at Brown University, there was a date rape case that received national media attention thanks to John Stossel at 20/20.   The campus was in an uproar over whether or not a male student had sexually assaulted a female student while they were both allegedly intoxicated.  The story quickly devolved […]

By |October 6th, 2009|Sexual Violence|1 Comment