Many Reasons. One Goal. Walk for Change.

There is still time to register for our 7th Annual Walk for Change on April 22nd!  You can either register online (and save $5) or at Canal Park on the day of the Walk!  Registration starts at 9:30am and the walk will start at 11am! All ages are welcome and you can even bring your four-legged friends as long as they are on a leash! If you… Read More

When Rape and Medicine Collide: A Survivor’s Story

[Ed. note] A few weeks ago, there was a blog post written about the proposed law in VA requiring a transvaginal ultrasound for any woman seeking an abortion.  Before signing the law, they removed that specification.  However, that is typically the only ultrasound option for many women who are electing to have an abortion early on during their… Read More

A World of Blogs!

This week, I wanted the highlight other sites that speak about sexual violence issues on a regular basis.  These sites can be a great way to connect with other survivors, advocates, and supporters.  The Internet has been a great way to demonstrate that we aren’t alone in our thoughts, experiences, or feelings, and that there are countless… Read More

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month is Right Around the Corner!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!  It’s that time of year where we all take the time to recognize the survivors who exist within our communities, the effect that sexual violence has on their support systems, on society, and on each one of us.  There are a number of events that are happening at different universities and around… Read More

Welcome Hollaback Boston!

Please join me in welcoming Hollaback Boston to the long list of other Hollaback sites around the globe.  The site just launched at the end of 2011, and also has a Facebook and a Twitter account to follow.  Hollaback is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment through online apps and social media.  It was created as a safe space… Read More

The Rise of Sexting

Not too long ago, I went to a workshop on sexting in Middlesex it was titled: Building a Prevention Framework to Address Teen Sexting Behaviors-wanting to be hip and cool I decided to go since I work with teens and I needed to learn whatever I could about them.  Not fully understanding what sexting was, I went ready to learn about this new world… Read More

VA Proposed Legislation Effects on Survivors

There are days when I wake up and feel completely rejuvenated in the world and believe that we are making significant progress in providing services to survivors to sexual assault and nudging society away from myths and victim blaming and towards real information on sexual violence and prevention efforts. There are so many people who put in an effort… Read More

Condeming Liz Trotta’s Reaction to Military Sexual Assault Response Program

This weekend was a mess of disappointing news and clips for anti-sexual violence creators.  If you haven't read Meg's blog post about Weiss and Barstool sports, you should definately check it out.  On another note, Fox news featured Liz Trotta in one of the segments to talk about new proposed legislation to allow women in more frontline… Read More

Rape Joking Our Way to Social Change?

Background: Barstool Sports is a site whose commentary has always included such charming features as “Rate the Latest Sex Scandal Teacher”. Barstool has been hosting blacklight parties at various venues nationally, which they’ve christened “Blackout Parties”. Upon criticism, David Portnoy, the site’s creator and chief… Read More

The Dangeous Effects of ‘Honest Rape’

In a recent interview between CNN’s Piers Morgan and Republican presidential candidate, Ron Paul, the following exchange took place: MORGAN: You have two daughters. You have many granddaughters. If one of them was raped -- and I accept it's a very unlikely thing to happen -- but if they were, would you honestly look at them in the eye and… Read More