Survivors Speak

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It was a couple years ago, with my then high school girlfriend. She was going through a tough time — her father had been diagnosed with a terminal illness; her life turned upside down. I was there to support her in any way that I could. “Don’t worry,” I’d say. “I’m right here next to you.

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If a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?

If a girl is sexually assaulted and no one tries to stop it, does she still matter?

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Editor's note: The author’s name was omitted to protect their identity.

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I’m consumed with an anger that I had been lucky to never have felt before this past summer.

I’m angry at my friend who went home, not questioning my slurred “I’m OK” as I stumbled

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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

Editor's note: The writer's name has been changed to protect their identity.

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.