We can thank Candace Jackson, the top civil rights official at the Department of Education, for illuminating us about the true nature of sexual assault on college campuses. “Rather, the accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under... Continue Reading →
Interview with graphic novelist T.O. Walker, author of Not My Shame
In her new book Not My Shame, T.O. Walker tells a story that I can really relate to. Published in the U.K. in 2017 by Singing Dragon, Not My Shame is a graphic memoir about assault, hard-earned survival, and the redemption of human connection. The non-linear narrative reflects the experiences of an assault survivor... Continue Reading →
How Rape Makes Women Poorer
Political cartoonist Barry Deutsch strikes again with this comic inspired by a story about the "rape tax" by Amanda Taub at Vox. Do concerns for personal safety impact decisions that women make about professional collaborations? Taub says yes, and the implications of those decisions are ultimately limiting to women's careers.
Learning from the Experts
Thank you, Matt Lubchansky, for this cranky comic on The Nib in which our self-congratulatory president declares April 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The stories & activism behind Priya’s Shakti
More interesting than the superhero-style comic book that anchors the Priya's Shakti project, at least for me, are a series of audio interviews with assault victims that influenced writers Devineni & Menon in crafting the heroine's fictionalized story. Illustrated videos of these interviews are included in the "augmented reality" content viewable on a smartphone app, but I found... Continue Reading →
Interview with comics artist Amy Camber
Shortly after the presidential election, Seattle artist Amy Camber's comic "One Week Later" was a gift to those of us who were stunned and aching. Published on The Huffington Post, the comic now has more than 13,ooo views, likes, and shares. The message of grief and empathy was just what so many of us needed to... Continue Reading →
Gillibrand’s quest for military justice
Artist Adam Zyglis (The Buffalo Post) depicts Senator Gillibrand in her efforts to change military policy. Senator Kristin Gillibrand of New York has been working for 3 years to pass a bill that would shift the prosecution of military sexual assaults to military lawyers, and out of the hands of the military chain of command. Gillibrand's... Continue Reading →