Survivors Speak

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Over the past few years, both students and administrators at the University of Michigan have addressed on-campus sexual assault through new policies and ongoing activism.

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Trigger warning: description of sexual assault

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I was 19 then, a socially anxious freshman with time on my hands and a tendency to procrastinate. I wanted better time management skills and, more importantly, money for books and Panda Express.

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12:47 p.m.: My appointment is at 1:00 p.m., so I decide to take an Uber to the clinic, wondering if the driver can sense my discomfort.

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This piece is for those of you not directly affected by sexual assault. It has to do with my own life experience and in no way is a mold for how others experience events or emotions.

Over the past few years, both students and administrators at the University of Michigan have addressed on-campus sexual assault through new policies and ongoing activism. At times, however, the personal stories of individuals who have survived an assault can be lost in the bigger discussion.