Victim Shaming: SVU’s Detective Benson and Tutuola vs.  Real NYPD Detectives

Victim Shaming: SVU’s Detective Benson and Tutuola vs. Real NYPD Detectives

Along with millions of avid viewers, I’ve been a fan of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for almost 20 years. The compassion these characters have for victims of sexual assault is unparalleled to the strong burden of shame and

Anonymous Story: A Victim at Seven

Anonymous Story: A Victim at Seven

My parents divorced when I was 6. There was his drug abuse, his belligerent attitude, financial instability because of his drug use, and the way I was treated. He was rarely around because my mom wouldn’t let him use drugs

Stacy’s Story – I Don’t Feel This Story Deserves a Name

Stacy’s Story – I Don’t Feel This Story Deserves a Name

President Trump says “she doesn’t remember what year it was, she doesn’t remember where it happened” etc but I do t remember the day either. I don’t remember what day it was that I learned how to get out of

Anonymous Story: Victim’s Syndrome

Anonymous Story: Victim’s Syndrome

Victims Syndrome I am the mother of a brutally raped victim. I am 54, she is 22 and was not experienced in dealing with manipulative men. Upon learning all the details of this horrendous ongoing event in my own home,

Anonymous Story: Abused at 11 and Raped at 26

Anonymous Story: Abused at 11 and Raped at 26

In 1956, when I was 11, living in Fresno, Ca., the summer was hot and a neighbor had a pool in his back yard for his young son. Two of my girlfriends in the neighborhood and I all went to

Anonymous Story: Someday I’ll Get My Voice Back

Anonymous Story: Someday I’ll Get My Voice Back

Thank you for this invitation to share my story. I have been so ripped apart by the Kavanaugh “inquiry” and so grateful for Christine Blasey Ford’s bravery to bear the virulent assaults she predicted in sharing her story of his

Anonymous Story: “That’s Just How Boys Are “

Anonymous Story: “That’s Just How Boys Are “

” That’s just how boys are ” will always be the words I hate . My story starts with Homecoming night 1995 .I was 14 and very excited to be asked to Homecoming dance .The boy was my then 1st

Anonymous Story:  Professor Christine Ford Gave Me the Courage

Anonymous Story: Professor Christine Ford Gave Me the Courage

Professor Chris Ford’s headline story about her sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh gave me the courage to confront one of the two men who raped me over forty years ago. The other rapist was shot to death years ago. I

Bri’s Story: My Army Recruiter Sexually Assaulted Me

Bri’s Story: My Army Recruiter Sexually Assaulted Me

It was late 1997 and I was joining the US Army Reserves out of Durham, NC. My recruiter took a liking to me that went too far. He would call me at my mom’s house and tell me he needed

Brittany’s Story: Front Page of the Newspaper Allowed Him to Take Every thing

Brittany’s Story: Front Page of the Newspaper Allowed Him to Take Every thing

It was February 4th, 2007, Superbowl Sunday. I was working at Papa Murphy’s, a job that I had only had a month. We were so slammed that my boss asked me to work two hours of overtime. I called up

Anonymous Story: I Thought I Knew You

Anonymous Story: I Thought I Knew You

When I told you I liked you, you asked my to be your girlfriend. I happily accepted. I trusted you, I knew you. We were friends since nursery all year way up to this point where you are 14, I’m

Faith’s Story: An Account of Online Grooming

Faith’s Story: An Account of Online Grooming

I was an early graduate, came from a good family, didn’t get into much trouble. I was a generally good kid… and right on the edge of sixteen. In my mind, I was grown up and thought I knew everything.

Maryam’s Story: DOES HE EVEN KNOW IF HE DID SOMETHING WRONG?

Maryam’s Story: DOES HE EVEN KNOW IF HE DID SOMETHING WRONG?

I was doing a get together lunch with all my friends and my sister. It was february 2018. And in Chile it was a hot sunny day. He came by because I invited him. He came by because I trusted

Anonymous Story: Childhood Trauma

Anonymous Story: Childhood Trauma

This is going to be long and rambly, but I am only 16 and want to explain my whole life. Not just the worst bits. All names have been changed The earliest memory I have is from when I was

Johanna’s Story: Johanna vs State of Florida

Johanna’s Story: Johanna vs State of Florida

I was sexually assaulted by a group of cops May 13, 2000. That was Mother’s day this year and also the year, 2007, my husband was murdered 3 days after his birthday, and the same day I came out of

Anonymous Story : Me Too

Anonymous Story : Me Too

My story starts with my mom was raped when I was conceived. Then after I was born, I was raped continually throughout my childhood. I was raped and tortured in the name of God and bible. I was raped by

Jody’s Story

Jody’s Story

I was on of the worst cases of child abuse,I was sexually abused by my adoptive parents “both” of them I was lock in a dog kennel. I was sold to other men when I was 6. I was one

Katherine’s Story: He was My Friend

Katherine’s Story: He was My Friend

Dear J, It’s been one year since then, and not a day passes that I don’t remember what you did. It took too long for me to fully realize that it wasn’t my fault, and sometimes I still blame myself.

Sabrina’s Story: A Silent Fighter

Sabrina’s Story: A Silent Fighter

My story: I will not be a victim, I will be a voice. Although my voice may shake I am not weak. I am not just a survivor, I am a fighter! A girls night out took a turn for

Breaking the Cycle: A Life of Sexual Abuse and The Alcoholic it Created

Breaking the Cycle: A Life of Sexual Abuse and The Alcoholic it Created

My parents divorced when I was probably about 6 years old, and my brother, Bryan, and I were stuck with my mother. I would learn several years later in life that our father did try to get custody multiple times,

Anonymous Story: Me Too

Anonymous Story: Me Too

When I was thirteen, I didn’t have a care in the world. I knew that the world was dangerous, there were evil people, and most people were not to be trusted, but all of this never prepared me for someone

Mikayla’s Story: I Lost Everything, But He Didn’t

Mikayla’s Story: I Lost Everything, But He Didn’t

October 24th, 2015 sits heavy in my soul and forever will. It was the first night I had more than one drink in college. It was the first night I went to a house party. It was the night I

Anonymous Story: School Sexual Harassment

Anonymous Story: School Sexual Harassment

I can’t believe it, he invited me to his graduation party. He wants me to come to his party who is going to have so may people, so it will be easy to escape. Earlier this school year, he sexually

Tammie’s Story: It Took Over 9 Years to Report Him

Tammie’s Story: It Took Over 9 Years to Report Him

Online catfish. Online predator. He catfished me under many names, accounts, numbers, etc until I finally confronted him and attempted to report him. My karma is I shouldn’t have been there. His karma is exposure. I’ve managed to spread my

Kenzie`s Story: The Perfect Little Life Was Just a Lie

Kenzie`s Story: The Perfect Little Life Was Just a Lie

Hi im Kenzie im 13 years old this is emotional for me but its time to share my story with you. When I was 12 years old during the summer I was sexually assaulted I waited till 2 months ago

Anonymous Story: Me Too

Anonymous Story: Me Too

“I was 19, just walking home from a friends, it was only 11 o’clock at night. It happened so suddenly, I didn’t fight, I just froze. For a long time, I did not know if it was ‘really’ rape, I

Anonymous Story: Thirteen

Anonymous Story: Thirteen

Tonight, I was reading a book called full frontal feminism. I felt empowered and strong until I reached a certain chapter. The chapter was about sexual assault and domestic violence. I could feel a ping in my heart as I

Victoria’s Story: Better Days Ahead

Victoria’s Story: Better Days Ahead

The night November 1, 2017, I was beaten half to death by my ex-boyfriend. He kicked me, punched me, pistol-whipped me, and took the battery out of my phone, therefore making it impossible for me to call anyone or for

Corey’s Story: God Knows Why

Corey’s Story: God Knows Why

I was a little baby. No care in the world, innocent, happy, when he came through the door. Grandma had just finished washing me up and laid me on the bed, went to go get something I guess. He came

Anonymous Story: I Was Raped By My Coworker That I Worked With at a High School

Anonymous Story: I Was Raped By My Coworker That I Worked With at a High School

In November of 2017, I got a text from someone I didn’t know. It turned out it was a coworker. He had gotten my phone number from the Google doc from the high school we both worked at. The first

Anonymous Story: I Was

Anonymous Story: I Was

I was fifteen years old. He was my best friend’s boyfriend, and we were sat at a table at school. He was beside me–she was across from us–and he stuck his hand up my skirt, tugged aside my pants, and

Anonymous Story: A Story of a Bus

Anonymous Story: A Story of a Bus

You feel it start in your gut — deep inside your stomach. You have to shut your eyes as the tingling begins again. First, you feel it in your fingers. It snakes up your arms, then through your breasts before

Emily’s Story: My Campus Nightmare

Emily’s Story: My Campus Nightmare

The night was March 12th, 2017. I was 18 years old and in the home stretch of my high school career. I was studying a couple classes at the University of M. I had become close to the Teaching Assistant

Zaria’s Story: There Was Once Love

Zaria’s Story: There Was Once Love

It seems every time I close me eyes I can see him on top of me and, if I sit too still, I can feel him. I was 16 when my boyfriend took something from me I will never get

Anonymous story: fraternity men

Anonymous story: fraternity men

I was raped by a Fraternity man who I was actually very close friends with. I knew the majority of the men in the Frat and had spent every day with them for months. I considered them to be some of my closest friends. I had told this one particular man that I did not ever plan on hooking up with him.

aaralyn’s story: i did not get justice but i’m no longer silenced

aaralyn’s story: i did not get justice but i’m no longer silenced

Hearing the "NOT GUILTY" verdict come out my lawyer's mouth two days later, felt like a dagger going straight through my heart as I fell apart with my lawyer and victim advocate on the floor.

Anonymous Story: the biblical wife?

Anonymous Story: the biblical wife?

I would tell her I am not well or now is not the right time. She would ignore my plea and play with my penis. I would many times tell her to stop but she would then come on top of me. I would tell her to get off and to keep me quiet she would cover my mouth with her hand to keep me from talking.

Anonymous Story: Police did not believe me

Anonymous Story: Police did not believe me

The female cop got out of the car to talk to my friend, and I went inside the car to talk to the male cop, I remember not being able to explain my self properly, all I knew is that something was wrong , something bad has happend to me, hyperventilating I tried to explain the time line of events,

Anonymous Story: Night Terrors

Anonymous Story: Night Terrors

I woke up screaming from the sheer agony of it all The sweat dripping from my brow She isn’t here anymore She can’t reach me But she lies within my soul and creeps into my mind whenever she feels the

Anonymous Story: Trust Nobody

Anonymous Story: Trust Nobody

A random man, who I had never met or seen before decided he was going to grab my crotch, with force, and push his fingers up. As quickly as he did this he let go and started to walk off.