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When I was a sophomore at Tufts, I started dating my ex, who was also a student there. During our two year relationship, my ex physically and sexually assaulted me multiple times. During our senior year, we were at a senior pub night sponsored by the school, and he started screaming at me, threatening to kill me. He was kicked out of the event, and I went with him, feeling like it was my fault. Then he physically assaulted me again.

That was the moment I decided enough was enough, and I went to Tufts to report what happened. At first, Tufts was supportive, but when I filed an official complaint against my ex, they told me there was nothing they could do. When I spoke out about what happened to me, Tufts expelled me.

What Tufts did to me was in violation of federal law, but the Department of Education — which investigates Title IX violations — dragged its feet for four years before saying there “wasn’t enough evidence” to sanction Tufts for what it did to me.

But all that could change now that President Obama has convened a special task force to address sexual violence on college campuses. I started a petition on Change.org calling on the task force to require transparent investigations with serious consequences for cases like mine. Will you click here to sign?

The Department of Education has a shameful history of holding colleges accountable for violating federal law regarding sexual assault survivors. In fact, one study asserted that nearly two thirds of colleges and universities don’t comply with federal law about preventing sexual assault and protecting survivors. 

Yet despite dozens of complaints like mine filed every year, the Department of Education has only ever found one school to be in noncompliance with the law. 

The good news is that collective action can make a difference. Last summer, I worked with other survivors to start a Change.org petition that prompted President Obama to convene this new taskforce — that’s unprecedented progress. And now we have a meeting at the White House on Friday, February 21, where we’ll deliver your signature to administration officials.

It’s hard for me to think about all of the young women who, like me, had to drop out of school and had our lives changed forever because of sexual violence. But I can do something about it now. And with your help, we can make sure what happened to me never happens again.

Thank you,

Wagatwe Wanjuki
New York, NY

Petition by ED ACT NOW

Posted on Change.org

ANONYMOUS, 25, USA

  • Name: ANONYMOUS
  • Location: UNITED STATES
  • Age: 25
  • I was raped at 14.

 

I  want to share my story to all- so I am going to try in the best way i know how. Just answer the questions I can. Hope this helps those who were too scared to tell someone. My biggest regret was keeping it a secret.

  • When did the violence start? It was a one time experience- that I will never forget. An experience I look back on with fear and what-if’s. 
  • Did you reach out to authorities? I waited too late. I was only 14 and was too scared to make the situation known. 
  • Are you currently or did you previously seek out professional psychiatric help? I am currently seeking out therapy- and find it to be very helpful. Luckily, I have the money for it… I always wonder about those who don’t… I wouldn’t be brave enough to go to a free clinic. I envy those who can. 
  • Did you know where to seek help? It took me too long to speak out about it- and when I did… I received a lot of support.
  • Did you personally know the attacker? No. I didn’t. And I have never seen him again. Thank God!
  • Were family and friends accessible? Do they know? As said before, it took me a while to talk about it. I never wanted to tell my family. I never did. Only very close friends. The reason I didn’t tell my family was because I knew it would break their hearts. I didn’t want to do that to them. The only reason I told friends was because when my behavior was off- I felt they should know why. 

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