Sexual Violence


Rape makes you feel incredibly alone.  When your body is attacked, the only place to retreat is deep inside yourself.  The irony is that by protecting yourself in this way - protecting your body from any more pain or violence - you cut yourself off from love, which is the whole of the journey back.

By |May 14th, 2012|Sexual Violence|1 Comment

Think rape sucks? Here are 5 things you can do about it.

Hearing a story about sexual assault can make you feel really powerless. Maybe you read my story here or heard a story at a Take Back the Night, and you felt moved, a little astounded to hear the words spoken out loud, supportive but a little lost.


Sexual assault is a crime of power and […]

By |May 4th, 2012|Sexual Violence|4 Comments

Speaking out, speaking up

On Monday, I spoke at UMass Boston’s Take Back the Night as a part of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s survivor speaker bureau. The speakers bureau has been a great way to tell my story for the purpose of breaking silence, dispelling myths, and educating the community about the realities of sexual assault.


BARCC’s training for this program […]

By |May 1st, 2012|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

If Hope Had a Color, What Would it Be?

One of the most powerful tools we can provide for survivors of sexual assault and abuse is hope.  When facing the pain and suffering that accompanies sexual violence, hope can seem like a distant joke.  As friends and family of survivors, as members of a community that does not tolerate sexual violence, and as […]

By |April 21st, 2012|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

Three reasons you should know (and care about) John Surma

As a survivor of sexual assault and abuse, I watched the media coverage of the allegations against Sandusky and administrators at Penn State unfold with fascination and disgust.  There were lots of stories published about lots of different people, and through it all, one person stood out to me:  John Surma.  While I am […]

By |April 20th, 2012|Sexual Violence|1 Comment

Walking for Change

I love the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s annual Walk for Change.  It’s an event for survivors of sexual violence, their family and friends, and advocates.  This year, I’m walking with my husband and 8-month old baby boy.  I want to teach my son how to be a compassionate friend to people who are […]

By |April 15th, 2012|Sexual Violence|0 Comments

Magic wands, the meaning of life, and safe distances

One of the things that provides my life with a lot of meaning is sharing my story with others, in hopes that a piece of my experience might help transform another person’s life.  Currently, I am a part of the Survivor’s Speakers Bureau at BARCC, which means that I went through a day-long training […]

By |August 31st, 2010|Sexual Violence|1 Comment

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

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