Welcome to the SpeakOut! Blog

Break the silence that surrounds sexual assault, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, relationship abuse, stalking, hate crimes, and identity-based violence. Share your story here on our anonymous blog.

To speak about an experience with any form of interpersonal violence is difficult, but it is also empowering. Breaking the silence reduces shame and helps others to speak out about their own experiences.

End the shame. Be empowered. Speak Out!

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We are holding our first fall Speak Out! in October 26th, 2017 from 7-9 pm in The Pit. For more information, check our Facebook page.

Because this blog features stories of interpersonal and sexual violence, we offer this *content warning* as a way of caution. We also ask that you do not reproduce any of the content below, as the authors of these personal stories are anonymous, and cannot give consent for their stories to appear anywhere other than this blog or at a Project Dinah-led SpeakOut event.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I was never sexually assaulted. It didn't happen to me. And for that I am eternally grateful.

But I have something to say about it. It makes me angry. It makes me angry that it could be me. Not because I'm a woman or a college student or because I live in a dorm. But because I am a person and sexual assault happens lots of people.

This isn't something gray. There's no moral relativism here. There aren't many sides of the story, someone else's shoes to try on, or another point of view. Rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, interpersonal violence. Whatever name you want to give to its wrong. And it needs to stop now.

No means no. Women deserve respect. Sex shouldn't be used as a weapon.

But if it was or is. And no didn't mean no and you didn't get respect and you are the survivor of a sexual assault, tell someone. Because the next biggest problem to the prevalence of sexual violence is the silence.

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