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We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

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From young activists at the forefront of the movement to end sexual assault on college campuses, a collection of survivor stories that will connect with students and inform and inspire us all

Across the U.S. student activists are exposing a pervasive cover-up of sexual violence on college campuses. Every day more survivors come forward. But other survivors choose not to. We
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Holt Paperbacks
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El
For a while now I've been yelling about the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which I watched recently. Some people are probably sick of hearing me talk about it, but I can't get over how important that documentary is, and should be seen by everyone, especially those who deny that rapes and sexual assaults occur on American college and university campuses ridiculously frequently. "Not on my campus." Yeah, think again. Your campus may not be sharing the exact number of complaints as many of them ...more
Melania 🍒
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,85/5

Its always uncomfortable to rate something as personal as We Believe You is. Just to be clear I dont want to diminish in any way the importance of this book. Public attention in this directions is long overdue.
Ill admit its hard to wrap my head around how some people are still confused about the concept of consent. Im still baffled how the lives of everybody else are put above the lives of the victims.
This confession book is raw and inclusive and heartbreaking and its extremely important
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Elizabeth
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, nonfiction
Wow. This book needs to be read by everyone. I knew that rape happened on campuses, especially with the whole Brock Turner thing going on. And I knew it probably happened all the time, but I honestly thought it was dealt with in the way that rape is dealt with NOT on campus. But apparently it's NOT. Campuses do not like having to deal with it, and usually find ways to make the victim at fault. The majority of the time, the person assaulted has to see their assaulter on campus all the way through ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is terrifying and sickening how many sexual assaults are being hidden by post secondary institutions. They are not only misreporting sexual assault stats, but they are discouraging women to not pursue justice AND treating them like offenders and essentially assaulting them again. While I was attending an university I felt safe and made it through my education without any incidents. Yay me. The only thing that separates me from those who were assaulted is just luck. There is nothing they did ...more
Lesley
This wasn't a book I read in one night, I guess I could've but just took in a few pages at a time! This is powerful, sad and what can happen in one night will affect people for a lifetime! I want this book for my office! I want to hand out this book to victims of sexual assault. Shameful we have to read these stories!
John Foubert
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
"As a program developer, activist, author, professor, and nonprofit President, I've been educating college students about sexual violence since 1993. I've read legions of books on the topic. None is able to match the depth of so many life narratives in such a gripping way as We Believe You. At first, I was struck by the high quality of the writing. Soon after, I was captured by the deeply authentic way each of the life experiences was described by so many who experienced rape on a college ...more
Carina
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"We Believe You" chronicles the experiences of 36 victims of sexual assault on and around college campuses. The book is structured so that you learn about the student (both male and female) before and after the assault. It also includes a list of college campuses where sexual violence has been reported--it is important to note, however, that many colleges and universities are not on the list even though there are alleged cases. It's the kind of book that should be in high school libraries and ...more
Tory Warner
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
One of the most important books I've read in a while.
Liz VanDerwerken
A sobering, difficult, but important read. I read this book as part of a book club with friends of friends on Twitter (at the choice of a book club member who learned of it through an Instagram post by Brie Larson). It was a timely choice for this book club, what with the ongoing relevancy of issues relating to sexual violence on college campuses and the pervasive rape culture of our societyrecent headlines drawing attention to the leniency of Brock Turner's sentencing & white male ...more
Kelsey Grimmer
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than five stars, I would
Twofrontteethstillcrooked
Read for Bystander Intervention college course. An easy-yet-hard book to read from a variety of voices. Not all of this writing in and of itself worked for me, but of course it doesn't have to -- I believe these narratives were written from honest places, and that's enough.
Jodie Bacon
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although shocking and often hard to read, the book is incredibly eye opening to the affects of sexual assault on survivors and is a must read for all to combat the stigma behind being a rape survivor and to prevent future attacks from taking place. The book encourages activism and empowers many to do something about the issue as it's important that we all take some time to educate ourselves on sexual assault. #internationalwomensday
E.S.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me physically sick, which is not to say that the book wasn't good. The book was amazing, if such a word could be applied to something with such tragic and awful content. I had to close the book for a moment after reading about one survivor who was gang raped. I am one of the lucky women who has never been sexually assaulted or raped, although I do know survivors. I can't imagine the recovery process for something like this and the PTSD experienced by survivors. I was so happy when ...more
Kate
Oct 22, 2018 added it
"Being a Survivor is being part of a club that nobody wants to join. But once you're in it you're in it for life. And it's the strongest group of people you could ever imagine."
-Julia D.

This was a hard read. The subject matter isnt light. It is about sexual assaults on campus. In This book students from all different colleges and universities, public and private share their experiences of trauma and healing and activism. These stories are told from students of different races, different family
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Lisa
Everything that was missing from Missoula, which I read earlier this year. Focuses on differences in LGTBQ and POC, especially black women, survivors, and how society shames their rapes in different and often worse ways than those of white survivors. While Missoula was a good book and I do recommend it, Missoula focused on the privileges athletes are afforded on college campuses. We Believe You does include narratives along the same lines, but the stories are varied, similar and different, ...more
Robyn Latchford
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of books about rape - the psychology of perpetrators, rape culture in society, as well as survivor-centric healing from trauma books. However, this book helped me heal quite a bit. While my own story is very unique, I still found ways I could relate to the stories of the survivors told in this book. I appreciated the words of truth and the ways they regained their sense of power and found peace and healing. It's a very authentic book and less academic than ones I've read before - ...more
Zenaida Lo
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an important book! ...Made by strong woman who survived such horrible acts. So sad that movies, books, and activists are what get people to "wake up" to the reality of what's really going out there.
Chris Mitchell
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out may discuss a difficult topic for readers, but an important topic that everyone both male and female - needs to be aware of in todays #MeToo movement.
The authors, Annie E. Clark and Andrea L Pino, both victims of sexual assault during their college years and founder of EROC End Rape On Campus (https://endrapeoncampus.org/) interview and collect the stories of 34 victims of sexual assault and rape while attending college and hare
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Kristin
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-2018, english
Okay, I have a lot to say.

First, I don't agree with the way the book is organized but it is such an important topic and has good things to say so I do not let that affect my rating of the book. I wish each person's story was in it's own section because
1. They ran together and it was hard to remember who was who and I don't believe these people deserve to have their stories fade into one large narrative. I want to hear their voices. Collective voices are powerful, but that isn't why I picked up
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David
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a middle aged man, so I guess I am not in the intended audience for this book. However, it was thought provoking. As a society, if folks celebrate forcing sex on those who don't want it, we are indeed doomed. No means no...that should be evident. And my Alma matter was mentioned for having possible Title IV violations-troublesome indeed.

However, some things troubled me in this book, particularly with those who contributed.
(1) One respondent, when "attacked" said over and over "This isn't a
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Maggie (babewithabookandabeer)
I will not say much, because I am left without words. 1 in 4 women, 60% of black women before the age of 18, 4 in 10 gay men, 64% of transgenders, and Native or Indigineous women 3.5 times higher than all other races. These are the numbers correlated with sexual assault and rape. With those statistics, this should be required reading. You, yes you, know someone who has been traumatized by sexual assault. Who is facing this trauma each and every day. This book is made up of survivors stories. ...more
Lisa-Jaine
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly powerful, intense, heartbreaking, educational, motivational.... words cannot describe the importance of this book. Although I'm not American and have not been to University, the overlying message is that rape can happen to anyone, anywhere. This should be important part of the curriculum at schools. Even in 2018 we still blame victims .... she shouldn't have drank alcohol, she should not have been wearing that dress, she should have been home before dark etc... It is infuriating.... ...more
Katie Stoddard
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A guy that I knew from college had made a Facebook post about this book saying something along the lines of it was a very good book to read but it was hard to get through because of the subject matter. I figured I would read the book and I agree. It's a hard book to get though but it something that I would suggest for people to read. I know numerous people who were sexually assaulted in college and were disappointed with how the school handled the situation. This book definitely is a good book ...more
Galana C BF
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me almost a full year to read this book but not because of the writing. It has been difficult to work with victim/survivors of sexual assault and also read these stories of pain but also perseverance and advocacy. Its an excellent read and I highly suggest it. Its just hard to get through due to the emotional nature of the topic. Im grateful to these two women for putting these stories in one book and sharing their own journeys with us. Ill continue using this book when working with ...more
Caroline Craig David
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book truly shook me to my core, especially when two of the stories mentioned happened in my home state of North Carolina. I couldn't stop reading. Not because I loved what I was reading but because I felt I owed it to the writers to read every single word they typed. Their stories aren't uncommon and that's what's terrifying. This isn't some book about how all boys are evil. This is the story of men and women alike who have suffered such extreme violence and how the systems put in place to ...more
Kait | sixcrowsbooks
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Trigger warnings for the novel:

--- rape
--- sexual assault
--- violence
--- rape culture

Here's a more in-depth review.

To say I enjoyed reading this book, per say, would be...weird. I don't enjoy the fact that sexual assault happens, especially at the rate it does. Nor do I enjoy reading about it. However, I appreciate everyone in this book, along with every other survivor who may or may not talk about what happened to them. I appreciate their strength, as well as all of the other
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Kyla
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, validating, empowering, and important book. The authors took care to include a diverse range of voices so that everyone possible could be included in this collection.

I read the second half with a highlighter, and will probably go re-read the first half with a highlighter as well.
Anna Chappell
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Powerful book, important to have, but emotionally wrenching.
Claudie Archambault
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
dnf, it would have been a lot better if each survivor had their own chapter instead of spreading their stories across the whole book. Plus, it becomes quite repetitive.
Karen
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-hub
Heartbreaking, powerful, and rage-inducing. I found the structure confusing at times, but I understand the authors' intent.
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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 ...more

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