On average, the maximum conviction time for sexual assault is 117 months.  The average amount of time actually served is 65 months. 
 
117-65 brings a fraction of these stories to the forefront.  They are what a survivor has to live with as a part of their lives without letting it define them.
 
The recent case of sexual assault at Stanford University resulted in a conviction that should have carried fourteen years in federal prison.  The judge reduced the time to six months of which only three were served.  As a response, the survivor wrote an open letter to her attacker and the court.  It’s her story that reminded me of my own.
 
Ours are not the only ones.
 
These acts occur everyday in relative silence, often breaking spirits, hearts, and minds. Against all odds and with time we heal; we piece ourselves back together as best we can and help others with our stories.

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