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Aug 14, 2018 156 tweets 24 min read
I'm reading the grand jury report on sex abuse in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church so you don't have to. In sum, the Catholic Church shielded themselves by shaming, degrading, and discrediting survivors. This report is a reckoning. #TimesUP #MeToo THREAD

cnn.com/2018/08/14/us/… All of the survivors were "brushed aside, in every part of the state by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all." We've seen this dynamic in the Olympic Movement, non-Catholic churches, schools, and the corporate world. 2/
Jul 25, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
I started swimming with a @USASwimming team when I was 7 to become healthier. Instead, I became a victim of child sexual abuse. No athlete should have to endure that, yet SafeSport programs do little to prevent it via @DianaMoskovitz & @Deadspin THREAD

deadspin.com/safesport-the-… 2/ Youth sports are an ideal hunting ground for child predators. Attorney John Little said, "If you want to molest kids, the USOC is like Disneyland." Abuse happens because of existing policy, procedures, & culture, not in spite of them. via @deadspin & @DianaMoskovitz
Jul 16, 2018 7 tweets 1 min read
Reuters: Do you hold Russia at all accountable? What are they responsible for?

Trump: I hold both countries responsible. The US has been foolish. The probe is a disaster for our country... I beat Hillary Clinton easily. It is a shame there is a cloud over it. Trump: We ran a brilliant campaign. That is why I am president.

Putin: We should not proceed from the immediate political interests. We should be guided by fact. Collusion is nonsense, just like the president just mentioned.
Jul 8, 2018 14 tweets 6 min read
Jim Jordan has given the green light to victim shaming and blaming. He is modeling the worst possible response to survivors of sexual violence.

Here is a sampling of the bizarre logic and anti-survivor rhetoric Jim Jordan has inspired:

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google.com/amp/s/www.wash… 1. One of the accusers praised Jim Jordan not long ago. This is proof he is a liar.

How is this relevant? Many survivors keep in touch with their perpetrators and enablers. Here is why I kept in touch with mine.

google.com/amp/s/www.mari…
Jul 4, 2018 19 tweets 10 min read
As a society, we need to stop providing comfort to predators by questioning victims' timelines & choices around disclosure

Stop asking why OSU survivor Mike DiSabato is coming forward now. Delayed disclosure of sexual violence is NORMAL

THREAD

cnn.com/2018/07/03/us/… I waited 30 years to share my story of sexual abuse. It is common to wait years, even decades, to come forward I have heard countless stories from victims who disclosed decades later, and from many more who had never told anyone before they reached out to me 2/
Jan 20, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
How is the USA Gymnastics / MSU / Nassar story is not the top story everywhere, despite the number of victims and extreme negligence of entire organizations and many "responsible" adults? This should cause viral outrage EVERYWHERE. THREAD Name a sport. Any sport. Within that sport there are sexual predators and serial abusers. And, at the top of the food chain, there are adults in positions of power and responsibility who ignore victims while enabling their abusers. 2/14
Nov 11, 2017 13 tweets 3 min read
I waited thirty years to share my story of sexual abuse. My perpetrator is now in prison. It is common to wait years and decades before coming forward. Why? Here is the why: (Thread) Look at the response to victims of sexual violence. If you own a television, have read a newspaper, or-- in more modern times-- have internet, victims know what they will face when they report. 2/
Oct 28, 2017 12 tweets 2 min read
Yesterday Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Trump's accusers 'liars.' Here is why that is so dangerous. (Thread)

vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/w… A very small percentage of sexual violence victims come forward. There are many reasons why: fear of retaliation, character assassination, being portrayed as a liar. 2/