These Are The Bruises Of Abuse You Won’t See On My Body

This is an anonymous piece submitted to Project Ava: I click the link “14 Tweets That Answer #WhyIStayed” and begin to slowly scroll through. I'm only half paying attention to the professor in front of me. Half way through the list, my eyes are wide... my mind alert. Tears start forming. I close my laptop. … Continue reading These Are The Bruises Of Abuse You Won’t See On My Body

What To Do as a Listener: Healing After Sexual Assault

A sexual assault survivor shares her story and wisdom: Journal entry on March 9th, 2014 Today is March 9th, 2014. It is exactly one year ago today that I was roofied and raped. Each month I took note that I was getting closer to this day and I wondered how I would handle it. Truth be … Continue reading What To Do as a Listener: Healing After Sexual Assault

The Numbers Behind Sexual Assault Should Make You Angry

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Numbers are important, but the individuals and stories behind the numbers are what we should start speaking about. For more information, visit the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

“Please stop..I need to sober up”: Taking Risks after Sexual Assault

April is sexual assault awareness month. We asked a survivor to share their story as a rape survivor. They consented on the condition of total anonymity and no member of Project Ava will do anything to compromise that agreement. This story is shared in the spirit that it will stir discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault … Continue reading “Please stop..I need to sober up”: Taking Risks after Sexual Assault

Kindness for Weakness

Just recently, a good friend of mine asked me if he could ask me a personal question. Casually, I responded that of course he could, but I would have never expected the question that came next. “What happened to your dad?” Immediately my heart began to stumble upon itself. Should I respond with something sugarcoated … Continue reading Kindness for Weakness