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May 15th, 2018 by Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Program Manager, Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives
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I Asked My Dad What It Was Like to Be the Father of a Rape Survivor

April 26th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the fourth in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

I recently called my dad and asked him 20 questions. The questions all centered around how he dealt with being the father of a 15-year-old girl who was physically, mentally, and sexually abused for 11 months.

I’ve always been curious about how he went through it all. Even though he wasn’t the direct victim of my abuser, he and my whole family endured trauma, like when my abuser began to break into my house and threaten the safety of my entire family.

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An Open Letter to My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

April 18th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the third in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Dear Abusive Ex-Boyfriend,

I haven’t seen you since the day you and I showed up to court. You sat at the defendant’s table, with your lawyer next to you. The district attorney sat alone at the adjacent table, and all three of you stared at the old white judge who decided your fate. Your parents sat at the back of the small room, their backs against the walls, their eyes fixed on me.

Then I testified, sitting not even five feet away from you. You wouldn’t look at me. Your lawyer wouldn’t stop asking me questions that had nothing to do with anything. My hands wouldn’t stop shaking.

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I’m a Survivor of Abuse and This is What Dating is Like Now

April 13th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the second in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Navigating the world of dating is one of the trickiest things anyone can attempt, especially if you’re a survivor of abuse.

It’s been almost three years since I broke up with my abusive ex-boyfriend. Since then, I was in a very restorative relationship that lasted two years. Sadly, that had to come to an end, and for the past year now I have been trying to figure out how to get myself to care about someone enough for them to care about me.

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Human Trafficking: Breaking the Chain for Women

April 11th, 2018 by Futures Without Violence

Can we have a future without violence? Is that even possible? Can we eradicate slavery and human trafficking?

FUTURES’ Senior International Policy Advocate Leila Milani recently gave this powerful talk, showcasing the scope of the problem and providing viewers with three simple steps we can all take to end slavery, human trafficking, and violence against women and girls.

 

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