An Open Letter to the Stanford Victim from a Fellow Survivor

I’m boosting this for many, many reasons, not the least of which is all the points herein strike a chord: we often talk about all the wrong things, even when our intent is to help. Believe. Listen. Help.

Nerdy But Flirty

[Content Warning: The following open letter discusses sexual assault, rape/rape culture, and the Brock Turner case.]

Dear Stanford Victim,

I may not know you, but I do know what it’s like to be you. And I hope this message finds you, wherever you are.

I’m writing this letter, from survivor to survivor, because I’ve found myself upset and angry over all of the articles, posts, and comments I’ve seen on social media since the verdict in your case was announced. Although I am thankful that a dialogue has begun, and I know that people are outraged and emotional and have good intentions by sharing articles and things written by and about Brock Turner and his allies in order to cut them down, I am disappointed that it’s still Brock’s story that is shaping the narrative and not yours. Even though there are many who support you and have spoken…

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