Stand Up, Speak Out! Thanks, St. Joseph’s Brooklyn

Stand Up, Speak Out! Thanks, St. Joseph’s Brooklyn

I had the pleasure of speaking at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn on Monday. My first lecture was to the Freshmen and they were just a delightful audience. They participated fully, they laughed with me, they leaned in and listened when I was vulnerable. And many of them did not want to leave when it was over. And, this happens every single time I speak: several young women came up to me, asked to speak to me alone, and told me that they had been sexually assaulted and had never told anyone until now. I always feel a mix of intense feelings when this happens. I thank them for trusting me and having the courage to be open with me. I tell my contact at the school what they shared with me, so that we can get them help. It makes me really sad that they’ve been walking around with this shame and secret, all alone. And their stories fuel my passion to continue talking about sexual assault on college campuses. Their stories make me wonder how many more are out there, walking around with this shame, feeling all alone. There is a professor, David Lisak, who studied at Duke and taught at Harvard. He has published many, many articles about his studies of undetected rapists, assault, domestic violence. He has devoted his entire life to this subject. The article that I am referring to today is: “Repeat Rape And Multiple Offending Among Undetected Rapists.” He published this article when he was a professor at University of Massachusetts at Boston, and his co-writer/researcher was Paul Miller, a professor at...

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