Sexual Assault Watch-Texas Lege

(previously published on juliegillis.comTexas State Rep. Dawnna Dukes has sponsored a bill to create a statewide task force to learn how to better respond to sexual assaults on campuses across the state.The Daily Texan presented testimony of a Texas Tech student as she spoke about her assault at at Fraternity Party which involved GHB and rape as initiation rites for members.It's harrowing and horrible....more

Sexual Attack: Not Just Pretty Girls

There has been much talk about rape, and with good reason: It happens, sadly, with dizzying frequency, in all kinds of circumstances and to all kinds of people. It's difficult to talk about, and it's certainly difficult to live through, but there's more to the conversation of rape than simply the four-letter word itself. I'm not sure whether I'm one of the lucky ones (i.e....more
Your post really moved me. I absolutely agree that your sexual assault was trauma. You went ...more

Fight Back- Against Sexual Assault

Last Sunday I posted about how we had a scare when we thought someone tried to break into our house.Luckily it was our drunk neighbor. ...more

A Response to Hank: The Stuebenville Rape Case

Lately, there has been a lot of coverage in the media regarding the Stuebenville rape case. Everyone has something to say about it. Even Henry Rollins blogged about it. Interestingly, it was his post that fired me up a bit. While I found Hank's comments diplomatic and his tone sufficiently outraged, I still felt that he narrowly missed the point....more

My Son and Steubenville

 When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him in a circle of other mothers.  The facilitator for our "Mommy and Me" playgroup would throw a question out to the group, and we would each volley back an answer."What quality do you want to instill in your child?  What personality characteristic would you most like for your son to be known for?" she asked.One by one, the mothers answered.  "Athletic", "Good sense of humor", "Brave", "Smart", "Strong"....more

Stories of Sexual Violence.

I am a survivor of sexual violence.I’ve never stated it publicly, but I’ve hinted about it hereand there. I’m tired of hinting....more

Are Colleges Protecting Female Students from Rape and Other Crimes?

Earlier this year a coalition of students and faculty at my institution, Occidental College, convinced the administration to make several changes to its sexual assault policy.  One of these changes involved the addition of reports of sexual assault to our OxyAlert system.  This meant that any time there was a report of a sexual assault, the college community would receive an email saying so, just as we now get alerts of all other crimes that are reported to have occurred in the vicinity. ...more
Wow! that is amazing, and VERY discouraging! Do they apply the same standards to theft (maybe ...more

Rep. Todd Akin Makes Me A Better Mom

What do my 3 year old son and Rep. Todd Akin have in common?They are both someone’s child.They both have parents who are responsible for teaching them how to be men.  Kind, intelligent, aware, gentle men....more

When They Stand

I don’t write about the sex crimes part of my police job often though it’s considered my specialty. These cases cause me sleepless nights, tears and heartache. I’m not the victim but as a society we are all victimized by such atrocities.  ...more
@Lucy's Reality That's really a great way to put it and I  wholeheartedly agree!  more

Sexual Violence Prevention -- There's An App for That

Given the high incidence of sexual assault, it's likely you have found yourself in a threatening situation from which you wished to extricate yourself -- or know someone who has. Maybe you've been involved in a relationship that was unhealthy and already abusive but difficult for you to leave. Or, maybe, you have a child in college and you worry about his or her ability to avoid becoming part of this staggering statistic. What can you do? ...more
I sobering and hopeful post. I am so glad these things are being done. Thank you for spreading ...more