The Accuser Becomes the Accused

I teach self-defense. I tell students our voice has power, and I believe it. I encourage survivors to tell their story because doing so is part of the way out from under the shame of sexual assault. There is strength in numbers, power in recognizing we are not alone, healing in telling others who respond… Continue reading The Accuser Becomes the Accused

The Risky Business of Reporting Sexual Assault

On July 5, 2020, Arica Waters, a 27-year-old Black female cop in Put-In-Bay Village, attended a pool party hosted by Jeremy Berman, a White detective with the Put-In Bay police department. Waters claims she was sexually assaulted by Berman that night after the party, and again the next morning. She would soon find out that… Continue reading The Risky Business of Reporting Sexual Assault

CDC Says Teen Girls and LGBTQ+ Youth Are at Risk

Is gender-based socialization part of the problem? A recently published CDC report found that teen girls and teens that identify as LGBTQ+  are experiencing increasingly high levels of sadness, hopelessness, and violence, including sexual assault. One in ten girls and one in four LGBTQ+ teens attempted suicide in 2021. Over the past few weeks most… Continue reading CDC Says Teen Girls and LGBTQ+ Youth Are at Risk

Richard Gillmore Released from Prison

This is a brief a follow-up to the blog I wrote several months ago about serial rapist Richard Gillmore. On Friday, December 16th, he was released from prison classified as a low-risk sex offender. He will spend the holidays in transitional housing in NW Portland’s Old Town neighborhood. His release comes in spite of concerns… Continue reading Richard Gillmore Released from Prison

The War at Home: The Shooting at Club Q

After the shooting at Club Q several weeks ago I felt a familiar crushing sadness. I have spent the past 20 years thinking and reading and teaching about violence; its causes and strategies for prevention. But I have been silent on this type of violence. Its seemingly random, senseless horror has left me at a… Continue reading The War at Home: The Shooting at Club Q

Richard Gillmore: The Monster Next Door

On December 16th serial rapist Richard Gillmore will be released from prison in Oregon.  Gillmore was convicted of raping 13-year-old Tiffany Edens in 1986 in Portland, Oregon.  He admitted to nine other rapes of young women and girls. Authorities think he may be responsible for as many as 100 rapes around the city of Portland… Continue reading Richard Gillmore: The Monster Next Door