“Me too. It happened to me too.”
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Macmillan is proud to publish WE BELIEVE YOU: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino.
In 2013, Clark and Pino, along with others, filed a federal complaint against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for mishandling sexual assault reports; since then, students across the nation have filed similar complaints and the government has opened more than 200 investigations. Clark and Pino are two of the founders of End Rape on Campus, an organization providing support for survivors and working to end campus sexual assault. Their stories are prominently featured in the award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground (you may remember Lady Gaga’s powerful Oscar performance of the song “Til It Happens to You”).
In WE BELIEVE YOU, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.