Victim Blaming

Rape. It brings to mind images of force, an obvious lack of consent, maybe even a weapon. In the stereotypical scenario, the victim is clearly saying no, and the perpetrator either threatens them or forces them to do something against their will. The truth is that rape rarely ever looks like that. Two of every […]

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Let’s Recall A bit of US Immigration History

There is a lot of controversial and alarming news about “Unaccompanied children crossing the borders alone”, or “Our community cannot handle this, we don’t even know what all diseases they have or their criminal background”, or “No justification for city-issued ID card for illegal immigrants”. What’s Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? In general, any migrant’s […]

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Body Image and Sexual Assault

The impact of sexual assault on the psychological and somatic (body-based) dimensions of a person is complex and can take several forms. But how does sexual assault affect body image? Most survivors experience disturbances in their body image, ranging from a mild preoccupation with their physical appearance, to self-injury, eating disorders and body dysphoria. Because […]

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Why is Sexual Assault more Taboo than Domestic Violence?

It is neither possible nor therapeutically productive to compare levels of pain and suffering between victims of various crimes and oppressions, but it is certainly necessary to name the unique factors contributing to the harm of sexual violence. It seems that communities and individuals are more comfortable talking about domestic violence than sexual violence. From […]

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Dancing Against Oppression

The One Billion Rising for Justice campaign is failing to recognize the systemic roots of women’s inequality as well as its intersection with modern day racism and classism. Because the campaign uses flash mobs as one of their main mediums, one cannot help but think that they are also missing out on using dance as […]

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Adam Sadler, Animation, and Another Example of Trivializing Sexual Violence in Children’s Films in “Hotel Transylvania”

In the 2012 Sony Pictures Animation film Hotel Transylvania, Adam Sadler plays the voice of Count Dracula, who builds a magnificent monster hotel where various characters of the monster genre can rest peacefully in the absence of humans. As Count Dracula’s daughter goes through her teenage roller coaster years, she becomes more and more curious […]

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Thoughts on Consent: Opening the Door to Much More

Most people probably agree that sexual assault shouldn’t happen and that consent is crucial to ensuring that suffering related to sexual violence is ended. The concept of consent can improve relationships with self and others and encourage people think more consciously about their next interaction, but in order to ensure long term prevention the practice […]

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SANE Program Update

Since the shutdown of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in Niwot at the Child and Family Advocacy Center in 1999, there has been a need in this community for a local SANE Program for survivors of sexual violence. Thanks to the efforts of the Boulder County’s District Attorney’s office, notably Chief Tribal Deputy Katharina […]

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Personal Safety On Campus

A Resource Guide For Personal Safety On Campus For Incoming Freshmen For parents and students, July signals the last full summer month of vacation before taking a large and important step into adulthood: leaving home and attending college, possibly far away from their families. Sadly, the possibilities and realities of sexual violence on campus can […]

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