Last weekend, my friend Sharon Harrigan had an essay featured on The Rumpus titled “Stain.” In it, she describes a twisted encounter with a stranger during the innocuous act of walking her dog. At twelve years old, she was old enough to sense that something was off in his manner, his casual and cruel way […]Read more "The Knife Man, the Monster and the Pen Pal"
In an effort to help clear up some things and rid ourselves of that devilish, imaginary gray area so we can better educate our youth–and our Rush Limbaughs–here’s a short, hopefully helpful, quiz.Read more "Do You Know What Rape Is? Take the Quiz"
Step 1: Gaslight a seven year old. Step 2: Even when they’re grown up and recount the story of their abuse, tell them they’ve been brainwashed and could never have actually been abused. Step 3: When in doubt, blame the abuse accusation from a child on an adult woman (in this case, the mother), or […]Read more "Victim Blaming 101"
Rachel Durchslag founded the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) in 2006. Six years later, CAASE is transforming Chicago’s response to prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual assault. To learn more, go to http://www.caase.org. Q. Why do you do what you do? A. I saw a film about human trafficking, and I was haunted. Then I found Chicago was […]Read more "Interview with Rachel Durchslag"
I published this piece on my blog, True STORIES. last year but, of course, it’s as timely as ever: She says it was like a bad after-school special, and laughs. But there is sadness in her eyes, and shame. Not much, but it is there, I think. I want to say the right things, but it […]Read more "Meet: Elizabeth"
On Tuesday, May 7th, the United States Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office released its annual report on the rising sexual assault cases in the military. The survey estimates that 26,000 active-duty people in the armed forces, 6.1 percent of female respondents and 1.2 percent of male respondents, were sexually assaulted last […]Read more "Collective Response on Sexual Assault in the Military"
A lot of people have wondered over the last eight months, and especially the last few weeks, how teenagers in Steubenville, Ohio, could witness someone being raped and not do anything about it. But we know why. Of course we do. They watched as she was raped because we haven’t taught them otherwise. Not as […]Read more "Clearing the Water on Rape"
At the PDXX Collective, we’ve been coming across more and more talented women writers. No surprise there! Here’s Jessica Vealitzek, of True STORIES., a no-frills blog that aims to share the timeless stories of the little guy/gal. The storytelling that Jessica is doing with her blog is something that I’ve been interested in for a […]Read more "Weekend Edition: Jessica Vealitzek"
Earl Belke, a 35-year-old Boy Scout volunteer accused of physically and sexually abusing Boy Scouts during the late 1970s and early 1980s, did not know the color of his eyes. On a confidential one-page form that he filled out upon request from his superiors in the Boy Scouts, he speculated that his eye color was […]Read more "Possible Trouble"