Taking Action with the TSS Group

We know more than ever about violence against women — and yet violence against women remains dreadfully common. A central theme of Every 90 Seconds — which launched this month — is how to transform that awareness to widespread, collaborative action. In the book, I argue that collaborative action will require recognizing that each ofContinue reading “Taking Action with the TSS Group”

Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward

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”

3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure

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”

Where Research Meets Denim This April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) comes around each April, offering a chance for us to transform increased attention to sexual assault into collaborative action for change. This year, the Traumatic Stress Studies Group is participating in #SAAM by getting the word out about sexual assault research on Prevalence (Week 1), Common Reactions to Disclosures (WeekContinue reading “Where Research Meets Denim This April”

A Rideshare on the Road to Change

The four of us left the restaurant together, having celebrated a friend’s birthday. Laughing and carrying on, we made our way to the Lyft that idled across the street. A woman smiled warmly at us from the driver’s seat. As she drove us through Portland’s nighttime streets, our banter turned to the kinds of conversationsContinue reading “A Rideshare on the Road to Change”

3 Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault

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”

A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds

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 is Not Enough: An Update on the Forthcoming “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””

On Accountability After Sexual Victimization

During Colorado’s legislative session, issues related to violence and abuse were front and center, from Senate Bill 88’s focus on the statute of limitations after child sexual abuse to the sunset review of the Sex Offender Management Board. Both the Senate bill and the sunset review focused attention on the importance of accountability after sexualContinue reading “On Accountability After Sexual Victimization”

New Op-Ed: What the #metoo Epidemic Means for #couldbemetoo

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.