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September 19, 2016

“When I was six, I was raped by my older cousin, and I was told they wouldn’t believe me over him. I was silenced. When I was eighteen, a man crawled into my bed and touched me, and when I reported what happened to the police they questioned him too. I was arrested for a false police report. My boyfriend at the time continually raped me for seven years for…
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Story
September 19, 2016

“He was one of my close guy friends in high school. We were watching TV one day when he leaned in to kiss me. I tried to push him away, but he took off my pants and put his hand around my neck and pinned me down. I had tears streaming down my face as he had his way with me. Once he was done, he told me to leave.…
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Story
September 19, 2016

“I was molested at the age of seven by my oldest cousin. He discovered he could rape me and I wouldn't say a word, and it went on until I was 14. I trusted my first boyfriend with my past and told him about the trauma I had suffered, but he just forced me to have sex with him and smiled while he did it. So, to any and every…
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September 2, 2016

After a six-month sentence, Brock Turner of the Stanford assault case was released today, three months early. In today’s society, sexual violence is dismissed as quickly as its perpetrators. It's no wonder assaults go severely underreported. How can statements like “It was only 20 minutes of action” lead to so much inaction? We believe justice can't be served until the sentence matches the severity of the crime. That's why, today,…
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Story
September 2, 2016

"I am a survivor of both rape and sexual assault. There were several different incidences of both, so I am going to share the one that has proven to affect me the most. It happened during my first quarter of college. I decided to go to one of the dorms with my roommate, as someone I knew was having a small party there. At first everything was normal, carefree, fun.…
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Story
September 2, 2016

“It’s an extremely stressful and intensive job for me – both as a professional and as a human being. I become intimately involved both psychologically and emotionally with the survivor. I’ve seen investigators break down during interviews after hearing the survivor’s story. I get angry about what has happened and the injustice of it. It makes me sad when I see the emotional havoc that the sexual assault has had…
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Story
September 2, 2016

“When I was younger, I lived with my mom, and she often mistreated me. She had different boyfriends who hit me and my brothers – we weren’t their kids, so they treated us poorly. Sometimes we didn’t have anything to eat, and we’d go to bed hungry. I was always so scared and constantly living in desperation. My older sister ran away when I was ten years old, so I…
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Story
August 11, 2016

Mexico City has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world. After seeing statistics and reading about the abuse, California college student Vivian Cheung decided she wanted to see for herself. So she left to volunteer at an orphanage and women's shelter called Casa de Las Mercedes. Upon her arrival, Vivian was shocked by the stories she heard. She was welcomed into the home of these young…
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August 10, 2016

“I came to Casa de Las Mercedes when I was 15 because I was mistreated by my family. My mom had several relationships with different men and, because I was the first and oldest child, I would be the one taking care of our whole family. I even kicked one of her boyfriends out of our house because I didn’t like him and how he treated us. Once he left,…
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August 9, 2016

“I first came to Casa de Las Mercedes when I was 12. My mom was an alcoholic, and she abused my stepsisters and I. My stepfather also raped and abused me, starting when I was 8 years old. And I didn’t start to talk about it until I came here. Since I was so young, I didn’t know any better – he messed with my head and told me that…
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