We want to help you share your story in order to educate and connect with others about gender inequity, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault.

We’ll provide the platform, you provide the voice.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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August 8, 2016

One of the first stories we'd like to share with you is from the current director of Casa De Las Mercedes: “I’ve worked for the Casa de la Mercedes for 20 years now. My mother, Claudia, is the founder of the house, and though she’s my biological parent, everyone calls her “Mom”. It started as a home for young pregnant girls who lacked the resources and support necessary to help…
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August 7, 2016

Hi, My name is Vivian and I am currently volunteering at a women’s shelter and orphanage in Mexico City called Casa De Las Mercedes. I decided to come here because I have read and seen so much online about the sexual and physical abuse that I wanted to come see for myself. Reading stories and watching videos online is completely different than actually meeting these women in person. Sometimes we…
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August 4, 2016

“It happened on my third night of college. It was orientation week, and my friends and I went out to a party. We were sitting in the backyard, and I was feeling nauseous so I went into this side alleyway because I thought that I was going to puke. I never did, but some guy back there came up to me to asked me if I was okay. I told…
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