Watch Sexual Assault Survivors Read Stanford Survivor's Letter In A Powerful Video


The survivor of the Stanford sexual assault has chosen to remain anonymous, but her voice is still being heard. In a gripping new video, 22 sexual assault survivors came forth to lend their voices to the statement she wrote to her attacker. The video compiles clips, collected by ABC's Nightline in collaboration with End Rape On Campus, of the survivors reading moving excerpts from the letter aloud.

When the 23-year-old decided to remain anonymous, her explanation was simple and powerful: Not only did she want to protect her own identity and make the point that she doesn't need to be identified in order to be listened to; she also wanted her anonymity to send a message that what happened to her can and does happen to so many others.

"For now, I am every woman," she stated. And unfortunately, she is.
Advertisement
"The things that she lost — privacy, dignity, respect, her voice, her confidence — that resonates with so many people who have gone through this," Sofie Karasek, the director of education and cofounder of End Rape on Campus, told Nightline. "It’s hard to compartmentalize that feeling of invalidation and suffering and silence."

But with so many voices of support (including that of Vice President Joe Biden), we hope the survivor — along with anyone else who has experienced sexual assault — knows that she isn't alone and doesn't have to suffer in silence.

If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Advertisement

More from US News

Election Day lasts just one day — a 24-hour culmination of the seemingly never-ending campaign season. But we’ll spend the next two, four, six years ...
What can you do to make the candidates first head-to-head battle as pleasant as possible? What is the secret to keep yourself smizing as you listen to the ...
The 2016 presidential election has been a captivating contest. If you feel like sometimes you can't look away, well, you're not alone. Even celebrities ...
If the chaotic party politics of the 2016 election have left you feeling completely birdbrained, this video is for you. The Founding Fathers (presented ...
In the social order of bonobos, females rule and develop cross-generational bonds to keep the males in check. A senior female takes charge, intervening ...
The first presidential debate is finally upon us. On Monday, our candidates for commander-in-chief will finally go head-to-head on issues that matter ...
Update: Protests continued in Charlotte as the populace called for the release of the tape of Keith Lamont Scott's killing. Mayor Jennifer Roberts ...
Update: Officer Betty Shelby, the policewoman who fatally shot Terence Crutcher last Friday, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, NBC News ...
Step aside, old-school political merch. We're way past bumper stickers and buttons. With the election just months away, people across the country are ...
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Funny Or Die Will Tim Kaine be president for nine months if Hillary Clinton gets pregnant? ...
Goodbye, paperwork printouts and lines at the DMV. Hello, registering while in line for coffee. Starting today, you can register to vote over text ...
1. Here At Home: No charges will be filed against police in the shooting death of Korryn Gaines. Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed on August 1 ...
It happened again. This week, two Black men went from living, breathing human beings to hashtags. And yet, despite all I hear about hashtag activism, I'm...
Many of the stations throughout the gun range are filled with men. But here, all the shooters — and instructors — are women