Help Survivors of Sexual Assault
Sunday, April 18, 2010

A supposed expert said to a young client, "Rachel, you have to accept the fact that you'll always be weaker than others because you're the victim of sexual assault."

From the day I first met Rachel at a renaissance festival, I knew one thing: Rachel isn't the kind of girl to accept being pushed into a box of limitations, not by a therapist, not by a teacher, not by a sexual predator.

She's not the kind to surrender to silence and shame.

She's the kind of person who goes from being an anxious girl afraid to speak up about what had happened to her, to being a confident young woman leading a grassroots campaign to speak out against sexual assault and the silence that surrounds it.

She's a survivor, not a victim--and when she is done, there won't be a girl in Washington state who is afraid to stand up and speak out.

Does that sound weak to you?

If you'd like to support Rachel's efforts, please take a few moments to go to


All she needs is a few small contributions from a lot of people who care. If you can spare the cost of two lattes or a fast food lunch, you can help her spread the news: you don't have to be ashamed of a crime someone else commits.

It's like Shepherd Book once said, "If you can't do something smart, do something right."



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