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#MeToo… A hash-tag that became the #1 trending topic on Twitter on Sunday night. It’s vagueness became something powerful as sexual assault survivors from all over the world shared their stories of abuse and harassment. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano was the author of the tweet that turned Twitter into a communal outlet for sexual assault and harassment …


Life Without Title IX

On September 19, 2010 – almost 7 years ago to the day of Betsy DeVos’ decision to change key Title IX directives – I was raped by an acquaintance in my dorm room at Lindenwood University. Torn by guilt and shame, and knowing what could potentially lie ahead of me, I waited a week to …


Indian Social Enterprise Empowers Women – Includes Survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

By Prateek Modi | Guest Blogger “You thought I’d be weak without you, but I’m stronger…  …You thought I’d be broke without you, but I’m richer. Thought I would be helpless without you, but I’m smarter. You thought I would die without you, but I’m living.” – Survivor, Destiny’s Child     ‘Empowerment’ starts with realizing …


10 Tips for Friends and Family of Sexual Violence Survivors

A collaborative effort by Kristine Irwin and Nikki Wolvert-Feller.   Regardless of how advanced our society has become, rape hasn’t become a subject that is easily discussed in public. And while sexual assault is often used for its broader definition and to lessen triggers, media outlets have often times substituted sexual assault when rape was …


Beautifully Broken

Broken Adjective: having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order Broken. Things. Things get broken. A plate left to you from your Grandmother. A necklace from your loved one. My favorite giraffe knick-knack knocked off the shelf I told my son not to run past. Broken in pieces. …


To the Young Man Who Raped Our Daughter at College:

Tonic Immobility. We bet you do not know what that is. If you did, you would know that our daughter’s temporary paralysis was a result of you sexually assaulting her. To freeze was her response for the sake of survival when faced with the fear and physical restraint you put on her. We think you …


Linked: Sexual violence, mental health, & substance abuse

**Warning – the following guest post contains discussion and/or mention of: sexual violence and methods of sexual violence (grooming, threatening), mental health (including suicide, eating disorders, depression, PTSD, and anxiety), and substance abuse.** Sexual abuse and assault (sexual violence) are frequently at the root of a range of psychiatric disorders. Mental health challenges for survivors …


Hit Send

We at Still Standing were challenged to find someone who helped us through the journey from victim to survivor, and ask if there was one thing that person learned that could help others who are still in the midst of travelling with someone on the same journey. This wasn’t an easy task for me because …


I Stand by Still Standing

Empowering survivors through their stories. As simple of an idea as it is, it is also one of the greatest. Since learning about Still Standing, I have loved the mission. Not only can a survivor’s story empower themselves, but a survivor’s story is one of the best ways someone who hasn’t experienced sexual assault can …