Tagged With sexual assault


In season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy goes to a college party for the first time, and a boy asks her to sign a contract before they're about to kiss. Consent has become more widely discussed by younger people, but there's still a lot of confusion on the topic.


Ever since the New York Times broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's many, many years of predatory sexual behaviour, the floodgates have opened. Men in fields from entertainment to journalism to politics have been accused of sexual harassment and assault, taking down the unlikeable and repugnant (Weinstein) to the honored and even beloved (George H.W. Bush; Elie Wiesel).


Recently, we’ve been reading story after wrenching story of sexual assault. We’ve heard the old excuse “boys will be boys”. We’ve seen inexcusable behaviour brushed off as normal teen hijinks. One thing has become clear: Whatever we’re doing to teach our kids about consent, it is not enough.

Creating a culture of consent doesn’t come from one awkward sex talk. It’s an ongoing process that starts earlier than you probably think. Here’s how to make consent the norm at every age.


You have to let your guard down to get a massage. You're relaxed and often at least partially naked. So you need to be able to trust that your massage therapist won't make you uncomfortable - or (much) worse, sexually assault you. But it happens, as 180 Massage Envy clients told Buzzfeed recently. So let's talk about what to expect when you get a massage.


The current wave of sexual abuse news is causing thoughtful people everywhere to feel disgust, sadness and rage on behalf of those victimised. But for some of us who have endured such violence, the relentless coverage and subsequent backlash are taking us to an even more disturbing place. Here, we take a look at how survivors are affected and offer insights from mental health professionals and survivors on the best ways to cope.