Alice Sebold, who was raped while a student at Syracuse University and who successfully prosecuted her rapist, has spent thirty-five years observing the rape culture in which we live. Against a background of increasing division within the country, this talk draws both from that personal experience as well as the long term consequences of any acceptance of rape culture as the norm. Much has changed in the thirty-five years since Sebold was raped but sadly, many things have not — one of these is the division of the sexes that the crime of rape often inspires when in reality victims of sexual assault comprise the most diverse population in the world. From months old children to nonagenarians, they can be found in every gender, ethnicity and social class. Sebold speaks to the idea that it is not just the victims of sexual assault that suffer in a world where sex crimes are increasingly common place but all of us. Though not shying away from the grim realities of the present, Sebold's goal is to provide hope by working to dismantle the antiquated and destructive divisions that still exist among us and to inspire a more open dialogue.
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