WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM SEXUALLY ASSAULTED?

“The National Sexual Assault Hotline (NSAH) receives thousands of calls per month. Out of all those calls, volunteers very rarely encounter visitors who have reported their assaults,” says a RAINN hotline volunteer. “We speak with perhaps two or three visitors per shift,” the volunteer explains, going on to say, “And we only compile data for one chat per shift.” The volunteer explains that a chat survey can take up to 10 minutes and that taking time to fill out a survey takes time away from other visitors who need to talk to that volunteer.

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WHY I JOINED PROJECT CONSENT

It took a vicious, inhumane act such as that one to spark rage and protests throughout India, and to raise awareness about the reality of rape culture. Isn’t that usually the case? We remain indifferent or slightly invested about events that take place across the world, but it isn’t until we hear about something unusually shocking or abominable that we decide to become involved or protest. Or if protesting is our initial response, do we remain faithful to its cause or does our will to fight gradually fade out until the next shocking, mind-blowing case?

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A BREAKDOWN OF THE BROCK TURNER CASE

She is the epitome of a survivor. The hardest thing to do when you have been sexually assaulted is to talk about it - but not only did she talk about it, she preached. She stood on a mountain and yelled at the sky. She told everyone and anyone who would listen, “This is not okay. None of this is okay.” Even the usual suspects who downplay every story of sexual assault and rape were silenced in this case. Emily Doe told them all, “Shut up and listen to me.”

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A DIFFERENT OPTION: AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSI SMILES

“I was raped three years ago by a man named Curtis Lepore,” says Jessi Smiles. 
Jessi was one of the first “Vine Stars” - a title given to her for being one of the first people to garner millions of followers on the social media app Vine. She says that a big reason she left that platform is because fellow Viner Lepore raped her. The rape, in addition to the resulting hostility and victim blaming from Lepore and his fans, became too much for her to endure. 

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