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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a survivor advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education, and policy and legislative reform.

We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence on campus interested in filing federal complaints, organizing for change, or drawing public attention to hold their schools accountable.

We have assisted hundreds of students at dozens of schools file Title IXClery Act, and other civil rights complaints to seek justice and reform.

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I realized I could not celebrate Father’s day. I had no ability to dance for him. I could not celebrate the countless fathers who have caused pain directly and indirectly to their children through sexual violence.

We Believe You

End Rape On Campus

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out is a powerful anthology of 36 stories from survivors of campus sexual assault. The book is an important step for EROC and the survivors who contributed their stories. 


About the Book

We Believe You is a collection of 36 survivor stories powerfully conveying the realities of trauma, healing, and everyday activism. Through telling their stories,these survivors amplify voices that are too often silenced - LGBT, male, and/or survivors of color- and in doing so, challenge pervasive narratives surrounding campus sexual assault. The book allows survivors to tell their stories without the filter of media, stigma, or shame. These are their stories told in their voices.

The power of this book stems from the survivors that brought it to life. Unfortunately, their stories echo throughout the country. 1:4 female identifying students and 1:6 male identifying students will be assaulted by the time they graduate college. We Believe You sends an important message to these survivors: You are not alone.

We're proud of Annie, Andrea, and the 34 survivors who used this book as a platform to make their stories known. ALL survivors deserve to be believed and heard. Period.


About the Editors & Contributors

Photo credit: Jeff Lipsky

Photo credit: Jeff Lipsky

Photo credit: Jeff Lipsky

Photo credit: Jeff Lipsky

Andrea L. Pino is a co-founder of End Rape On Campus, and the Director of Policy & Support. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Political Science. Her activism has been featured in the The New York TimesVogue, CNN, Good Morning America, as well as many other media outlets. She has appeared as a guest on theMelissa Harris-Perry show, and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2013, she became the first student featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Influence List, and was listed on the Huffington Post’s most influential forces in higher education list. Her work and personal journey is prominently featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Annie E. Clark is a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, and a lead complainant in the Title IX and Clery complaints against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science. She has a certificate in business, and is a former administrator at the University of Oregon. She is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, MSNBC, and The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae. After directly working with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act. In 2013, she was listed alongside President Barack Obama as one of the most influential forces in higher education, and she is featured in the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.

We Believe You Contributors

We are so grateful to the 34 survivors who have brought this book to life. Their powerful narratives counter common misconceptions regarding campus sexual assault and inspire us to demand inclusion as we move forward in addressing this issue. 

Chloe Allred is a painter, writer, activist and co-founder of the Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective. She creates work that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about the body. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013 and is a Mcmillen Foundation Scholar. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in fine art from Laguna College of Art and Design, in Southern Californa.  Website: http://www.allredchloe.com

Chloe Allred is a painter, writer, activist and co-founder of the Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective. She creates work that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about the body. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013 and is a Mcmillen Foundation Scholar. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in fine art from Laguna College of Art and Design, in Southern Californa. 
Website: http://www.allredchloe.com

Andrew Brown is an advocate and activist against sexual violence from Silver Spring, Maryland. Andrew’s story as a queer, male survivor of sexual assault and his university’s subsequent negligence has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Hunting Ground, and now We Believe You:Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. In March 2016 he joined Lady Gaga on the 88th Academy Awards stage for her moving performance of “Til It Happens to You” alongside 50 survivors, including many other contributors to We Believe You. In addition to advocacy and activism, Andrew is also a professional classical singer, having soloed at the Washington National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center.

Andrew Brown is an advocate and activist against sexual violence from Silver Spring, Maryland. Andrew’s story as a queer, male survivor of sexual assault and his university’s subsequent negligence has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Hunting Ground, and now We Believe You:Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. In March 2016 he joined Lady Gaga on the 88th Academy Awards stage for her moving performance of “Til It Happens to You” alongside 50 survivors, including many other contributors to We Believe You. In addition to advocacy and activism, Andrew is also a professional classical singer, having soloed at the Washington National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center.

Julia D. is dual Masters degree candidate in Public Administration and Social Work at a southern university. She started doing activist work in 2010 as an undergraduate at the same university.  As an activist, Julia has developed healthy relationship programs, organized survivor advocacy projects, and planned rape crisis fundraisers for her university and larger communities. Truly, she wants to connect direct service and program professionals with their administrative counterparts to create more efficient and effective large-scale change. Her self-care habits include watching dog and baby videos on the internet, getting too invested in tv dramas (while overeating Hot Cheetos with extra hot sauce), and snuggling with clothes fresh out of the dryer.

Julia D. is dual Masters degree candidate in Public Administration and Social Work at a southern university. She started doing activist work in 2010 as an undergraduate at the same university.  As an activist, Julia has developed healthy relationship programs, organized survivor advocacy projects, and planned rape crisis fundraisers for her university and larger communities. Truly, she wants to connect direct service and program professionals with their administrative counterparts to create more efficient and effective large-scale change. Her self-care habits include watching dog and baby videos on the internet, getting too invested in tv dramas (while overeating Hot Cheetos with extra hot sauce), and snuggling with clothes fresh out of the dryer.

Fabiana Diaz is a student at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and will be graduating in April 2016 majoring in International Studies. She has been featured on HBO VICE: "Campus Cover-Up" and was also one of the survivors on stage with Lady Gaga at the Oscar's. She has been recognized as Student Of The Year 2016 by her school's newspaper for her work on campus and continued advocacy for survivors. She plans to continue her activism and fight against sexual assault after graduation. 

Fabiana Diaz is a student at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and will be graduating in April 2016 majoring in International Studies. She has been featured on HBO VICE: "Campus Cover-Up" and was also one of the survivors on stage with Lady Gaga at the Oscar's. She has been recognized as Student Of The Year 2016 by her school's newspaper for her work on campus and continued advocacy for survivors. She plans to continue her activism and fight against sexual assault after graduation. 

Aysha is a Therapist, Activist, and Freelance Writer. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Virginia State University. Aysha spends her time providing mental health services for incarcerated youth, writing for print magazines and online media, engaging in everyday activism, loving on and being loved by her significant other and being mom to her amazing preteen son. Aysha has contributed to various publications to include EBONY, Cosmopolitan, We Believe You: Survivors of Sexual Assault Speak Out, PsychCentral, and the Huffington Post. She is passionate about mental health, social justice, and education reform, particularly within the marginalized sectors of society. Aysha would love to connect with you on Twitter @AyshaIves

Aysha is a Therapist, Activist, and Freelance Writer. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Virginia State University. Aysha spends her time providing mental health services for incarcerated youth, writing for print magazines and online media, engaging in everyday activism, loving on and being loved by her significant other and being mom to her amazing preteen son. Aysha has contributed to various publications to include EBONY, Cosmopolitan, We Believe You: Survivors of Sexual Assault Speak Out, PsychCentral, and the Huffington Post. She is passionate about mental health, social justice, and education reform, particularly within the marginalized sectors of society. Aysha would love to connect with you on Twitter @AyshaIves

Sari Rachel Forshner is a poet and feminist activist who attended the University of Southern California, from which she took an indefinite leave following her rape. During her tenure as a student there, she and her peers filed a federal civil rights complaint against the school for its consistent mishandling of sexual violence. Sari also studied clowning with an Obie-award-winning theatre company in Philadelphia and once played the male romantic lead in a show off-off Broadway. “We Believe You” is her debut publication of both prose and poetry, although she has performed her work both at home and abroad. 

Sari Rachel Forshner is a poet and feminist activist who attended the University of Southern California, from which she took an indefinite leave following her rape. During her tenure as a student there, she and her peers filed a federal civil rights complaint against the school for its consistent mishandling of sexual violence. Sari also studied clowning with an Obie-award-winning theatre company in Philadelphia and once played the male romantic lead in a show off-off Broadway. “We Believe You” is her debut publication of both prose and poetry, although she has performed her work both at home and abroad. 

Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, freelance journalist, and lawyer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of the Entanglement Series, which includes Entanglement, Love And Entropy, and the forthcoming Chasing Chaos, all from Velvet Morning Press. You can grab free copies of Katie's novella, Nice Wheels, and her writing guide, Writing Isn't Sexy, by subscribing to her monthly email letter. Katie is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of writing professionals committed to connecting authors with each other and with readers. Follow Katie on Twitter @krgpryal and on Instagram at @novelist_katie.

Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, freelance journalist, and lawyer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of the Entanglement Series, which includes Entanglement, Love And Entropy, and the forthcoming Chasing Chaos, all from Velvet Morning Press. You can grab free copies of Katie's novella, Nice Wheels, and her writing guide, Writing Isn't Sexy, by subscribing to her monthly email letter. Katie is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of writing professionals committed to connecting authors with each other and with readers. Follow Katie on Twitter @krgpryal and on Instagram at @novelist_katie.

Nastassja Schmiedt and A. Lea Roth are a creative duo and engaged couple. Nastassja and Lea co-founded Spring Up, a multimedia activism and art collective creating a space for learning and healing. They have traveled around the United States and Europe, giving workshops about campus violence and intersectional coalitional organizing at conferences and campuses. Together, Nastassja and Lea co-authored Millennial Sex Education, a collection of short stories exploring themes of desire, consent, and millennial sexuality. When we experienced sexual assault as teenagers, we didn't see any representations of people like us or experiences like ours in the media, which made it harder to understand what had happened to us and find support. Our story draws attention to how sexual assault relates to other issues of discrimination and hate crimes, and how your identity can affect your support system. Our story also highlights how speaking out against violence on campus often comes at a cost. We hope our experiences help other queer and nonbinary survivors know that they're not alone. 

Nastassja Schmiedt and A. Lea Roth are a creative duo and engaged couple. Nastassja and Lea co-founded Spring Up, a multimedia activism and art collective creating a space for learning and healing. They have traveled around the United States and Europe, giving workshops about campus violence and intersectional coalitional organizing at conferences and campuses. Together, Nastassja and Lea co-authored Millennial Sex Education, a collection of short stories exploring themes of desire, consent, and millennial sexuality.
When we experienced sexual assault as teenagers, we didn't see any representations of people like us or experiences like ours in the media, which made it harder to understand what had happened to us and find support. Our story draws attention to how sexual assault relates to other issues of discrimination and hate crimes, and how your identity can affect your support system. Our story also highlights how speaking out against violence on campus often comes at a cost. We hope our experiences help other queer and nonbinary survivors know that they're not alone. 

Brenda Tracy is an advocate, nurse, mother and survivor. She was brutally raped by four football players in 1998. Sixteen years later, Ms. Tracy found the courage to come forward, and now seeks to make the world a better place for survivors. Ms. Tracy has worked closely with Oregon legislators to expand victims’ rights laws - including doubling the statue of limitations and championing "Melissa's Law." Ms. Tracy has won a number of awards, including the 2016 US Attorney General National Service Courage Award for her advocacy and is engaged in numerous awareness-raising outreach efforts.  She is now a consultant for Oregon State University – the very place where her rape occurred 17 years ago.

Brenda Tracy is an advocate, nurse, mother and survivor. She was brutally raped by four football players in 1998. Sixteen years later, Ms. Tracy found the courage to come forward, and now seeks to make the world a better place for survivors.

Ms. Tracy has worked closely with Oregon legislators to expand victims’ rights laws - including doubling the statue of limitations and championing "Melissa's Law."

Ms. Tracy has won a number of awards, including the 2016 US Attorney General National Service Courage Award for her advocacy and is engaged in numerous awareness-raising outreach efforts.  She is now a consultant for Oregon State University – the very place where her rape occurred 17 years ago.

Kamilah Willingham is an outspoken advocate and activist dedicated to gender equality and civil rights. She most recently worked as a Program and Outreach Director at the California Women’s Law Center in Los Angeles. She previously worked for Just Detention International (JDI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse in prisons and jails. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College. Kamilah was featured in the 2015 campus sexual assault documentary "The Hunting Ground," in which she told her story of surviving sexual assault while studying at Harvard Law School. 

Kamilah Willingham is an outspoken advocate and activist dedicated to gender equality and civil rights. She most recently worked as a Program and Outreach Director at the California Women’s Law Center in Los Angeles. She previously worked for Just Detention International (JDI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse in prisons and jails. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College. Kamilah was featured in the 2015 campus sexual assault documentary "The Hunting Ground," in which she told her story of surviving sexual assault while studying at Harvard Law School. 

Anonymous Contributors

Although may survivors are now coming forward, May have not and never will for many reasons. For many it is fear of safety, for others it's fear of being ostracized by their communities or their school, and for many queer, trans and survivors of color, it's lack of spaces for their stories. Not every survivor needs to or should have to come forward, but we acknowledge that this book is stronger because of the courage of our anonymous contributors. We Believe You, and you are not alone.

More bios Coming Soon!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is this book about, and why is it so important?

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,  is a powerful collection of 36 stories of survival, healing, and everyday activism. For the first time, readers will have the opportunity to hear student stories that are too often silenced, exploring the ignored intersections of race, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, and immigration statuses – told by survivors, for survivors, and full of their political journeys in between. 

Why are you focusing on campus survivors?

Sexual assault happens in every area of our society, and happens way before students even apply to college, as some of our contributors themselves talk about. This being said, we are focusing on colleges to illustrate a microcosm of how violence goes unaddressed across our entire society. Much like on campuses, there are institutional hierarchies of racial, gender, and financial privileges that protect perpetrators and silence survivors in the criminal justice system, high schools, churches, and the athletic and entertainment industries. We hope that by delving into the stories of campus violence that we can help pave a path for societal accountability to end all sexual violence, on and off campuses. 

Where do the proceeds from the book go?

We Believe You was published as a paperback to keep the price down, and keep the book as accessible as possible. The ”author" portion of profits will be donated to the non-profit organization End Rape on Campus (EROC), which works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities, among other kinds of activism. Specifically, EROC wants to create a fund for survivors--to ensure a safe place to stay for a night or two, or psychological counseling, a plane ticket to see family, or other supports.

What kinds of stories are in this book?

We Believe You is woven together by the stories of 36 survivors of campus violence, including survivors of many different identities. We share the stories of male survivors, of trans and non-binary survivors, of survivors of different national origins and racial communities, and survivors of many facets of the queer community with the intention of encompassing the full picture of who is impacted by campus violence. The book is told for survivors , free from the filters of the 'perfect victim,' or from the harmful framing of 'alleged assaults.' unfiltered, not-white washed, or straight-washed, or sensationalized by the media. 

I’m concerned about triggers, what should I be aware of?

Every survivor has different triggers, but we formatted We Believe You in a way that readers could pause in between the stories. The chapters are divided in to five different sections of survivors lives: ‘Before,’ ‘How it Happened,’ ‘Trauma & Betrayal,’ ‘Everyday Activism,’ and ‘Declaration of Independence.’ If you are concerned about triggers, each section introduction will give a brief preface of what lies in the following pages. We encourage all readers to practice self-care if they feel that a section is too triggering to read at this time. The power of We Believe You is that these stories will always be with you when you need them. 

I am not a survivor...should I read this book?

Yes! Absolutely. This book is for survivors, but it's also for their support systems - parents, friends, family members, partners and their communities. We need more allies, and this book allows folks who are unfamiliar with this topic to read first hand accounts and to understand the complexities of sexual violence and its aftermath. We Believe You is a great educational tool, and will be taught everywhere from women studies classes, law schools to student affairs masters programs. This book is for educators, students, lawmakers, politicians, and those who work in the criminal justice system. Anyone could read it and gain something from these strong, inspiring testimonies of surviving, healing, and everyday activism. 


Where Can I Get One?

Click here to access all the options to buy the book online.


What can I do to get involved?

Check out our new "Take Action" site detailing all the ways you can get involved to join the movement and counter campus sexual violence and rape culture.

Spread the word about the book using the hashtag #WeBelieveYou!


Media Coverage & Testimonials

What You Can Do to Support a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Andrea Pino and Annie Clark helped start a national conversation on campus sexual assault. Now they've published a collection of survivors' stories.

‘The Hunting Ground’ Subjects Talk New Book, Oscar Loss and the Netflix Factor

On Tuesday, Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark, founders of End Rape on Campus and the primary subjects of the 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground,” will release their first book, “We Believe You,” a compilation of stories from sexual assault survivors published by Holt Paperbacks.

Activists’ New Book Humanizes Sexual Assault Victims

Campus sexual assault is an international epidemic and two survivors are helping to continue the discussion by giving those who come forward a voice

 

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