“The administration would have you believe that it doesn’t happen.”

“Never really thought about it… That’s probably a bad sign.”

“I thought rape/sexual assault wasn’t something that was very present in Amherst, but I now realize it’s just something that hasn’t been acknowledged as a problem until recently. I am glad this magazine will make us more aware.”

“I feel like there are so many survivors among us and that scares me. It also scares me to think about the suffering behind each seemingly happy and accomplished survivor and the pain he or she still goes through because of sexual abuse.”

“I think that rape/sexual assault occurs at Amherst and is usually kept under the rug. I think the perpetrators do not receive real life consequences; they just get a slap on the wrist one-year suspension. The people who are assaulted do not usually speak up about it because they blame  themselves or they did not realize they were sexually assaulted or raped.”

“It’s more common than most of us realize, and more hurtful than most of us can imagine.”

“As a PA, I know rape happens on campus, not just once in a blue moon but a few times every semester. I’ve tried to talk about raising awareness, being a voice for my peer-survivors, but the school, as an  institution with a reputation to uphold doesn’t want to hear it. We need to stand up for our fellow peers, for ourselves—and, while I’m not saying the school won’t do that—I think it’s time we took our sexual integrity into our own hands.”

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