Every 90 Seconds has (finally) arrived! The book’s launch this month is a culmination of a journey that has involved so many of you: The survivors who shared their stories and perspectives with the TSS Group. The victim service providers who work in our communities day in and day out. The colleagues who collaborated withContinue reading “Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward”
Sexual assault is dreadfully common – so common that many of us are likely to hear disclosures from people we know. Indeed, when survivors do disclose, it’s often to friends, family, or other informal support people. How we respond to sexual assault disclosure matters – sometimes for the worse. Unfortunately, there are many unhelpful and even hurtful ways toContinue reading “3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure”
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. August ushers in college orientations and sexual assault prevention programming. These cyclical events bring bursts of attention to sexual violence in its many forms. Increasing attention to and awareness of the scope of the problem of sexual assault is important for many reasons. For instance, talking openly about sexualContinue reading “3 Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault”
Book writing is kind of lonely, I’ve learned. Until recently, my career as an academic trauma psychologist focused on writing with other people — students, colleagues, community partners — to publish journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes. I understand the pace and process of that kind of writing. Trade book writing is different, though.Continue reading “A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds”
“Awareness, though, is not enough.” That was my response to a recent question about whether awareness of the sexual harassment in the Governor’s office in New York state was going to change things. I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of letting go of the promise that awareness will change violence against women whileContinue reading “Awareness is Not Enough: An Update on the Forthcoming “Every 90 Seconds””
Recently released national research showed that one in sixteen adolescent girl’s first sexual experience is rape. In a new Denver Post Guest Commentary, Anne DePrince talks about the messages conveyed when violence is so common. And the messages we need to send instead.
Since my day-job focuses on trauma and violence, my off-the-clock reading tends towards fantasy and science fiction. I tell people this is my escape, though fantasy and science fiction often reflect back our day-to-day world in stark and profound ways. I was reminded of this recently while reading Jacqueline Carey’s Starless. Starless opens as you meetContinue reading ““Starless” and the non-fiction reality of violence against women: #couldbemetoo”
by Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes, with women tending not to disclose their experiences to formal supports, such as police, doctors, and counselors. As #MeToo broke into public awareness last year, requests for sexual assault services increased. That more survivors are seeking services is good news, particularly given theContinue reading “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers”