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A Shared Experience at Elephant Rock

In 2016 I watched Tom’s Ted Talk and was moved to tears. Then I read South of Forgiveness, which he co-authored with Thordis Elva. I could not have imagined then that I’d have the opportunity to be acquainted with Tom! Yet here we were on Australia’s Gold Coast walking along the beach. The clear turquoise …

Teaching About Sex Crimes

I have been teaching classes on sexual violence for ten years. In that time, I have grown as a researcher and scholar, but more importantly, as an authentic human being.  When I walked into the classroom this summer to teach Sex, Crimes and Culture I had no idea how much my own personal growth would …

Her Name Was…

By Cordelia Anderson, MA.,  and Alissa R. Ackerman, PhD. ***This blog post is reposted from the Sexual Abuse blog at https://sajrt.blogspot.com/ Say your name, how you feel about being here, a hope you have for this circle of accountability, what your brought for an object of meaning to you and why you chose it for this …

I was Sexually Assaulted, Part 2

What is the experience of someone who witnesses someone else sexually assaulting their friend? In part 2 of the “I was sexually assaulted” blog, I speak with my friend Sarah, who was in the room with me when I was grabbed. She also participated in the “restorative justice” session with the man who sexually assaulted …

I Was Sexually Assaulted

Last Sunday, I stood across the table from my friend, Sarah, as our eyes locked on to one other. We uttered no words to each other at first, but in our eyes locking, we were asking each other the same question. “Did that just happen?”   Her eyes filled with tears as my mind filled …

Living Restoratively

People are hard to hate up close. Move in.  The author and researcher, Dr. Brene Brown wrote these words as the title of a chapter in her newest book, Braving the Wilderness, and I wholeheartedly agree with her.   In our current cultural climate, we silo ourselves and each other based on labels we think …

A “Survivor Scholar” Perspective on #metoo

This is a re-blog of the recent blog post co-authored by my survivor sister, Dr. Alexa Sardina. It is such an honor to finally be published together. You can find the original blog post here: https://sajrt.blogspot.com/2018/02/a-survivor-scholar-perspective-on-metoo.html We are exhausted. As “survivor scholars” – sex crimes scholars who are also public rape survivors – we have …

Me & “The Other”

The fundamental values for how I navigate the world, both personally and professionally, stem from the social justice tenets of Reform Judaism. So it is should come as no surprise that this past Monday morning, I opened my email inbox to find a weekly commentary, known as D’Var Torah,  on this week’s Torah portion. The …