My Abuser Used My Therapy Notes Against Me During His Trial
I was sexually assaulted as a child. When I took him to court, his defence lawyers used notes from my own counselling sessions to try to discredit me.
What It's Like to Be Raped and Told You Can't Talk About It with Anyone
Under existing CPS guidelines, survivors are told not to speak about their assault in therapy – unless they're prepared to have their counselling notes read out in court.
What It Feels Like to Learn Your Rapist Is Dead
“There was a part of me that felt he never got a fair shake in life.”
We Need an Emergency Review Into Rape Victims Being Denied Full Therapy
When VICE contacted me to tell me that rape victims with cases going through the courts are told not to tell therapists about their assaults, I could barely believe it was true. We must do better by victims.
Rape Victims Are Being Told They Can't Go to Therapy
If you're sexually assaulted in the UK, the authorities may tell you not to speak with therapists about the assault until after the trial is complete. The impact of this silence can be devastating.
Where the Idea of False Rape Accusations Really Comes From
Donald Trump and his Adult Son keep trying to foment a #MeToo backlash. Shocker: they're lying.
An Ex-FBI Agent Explains Everything Wrong with the Kavanaugh Probe
From witnesses being able to just avoid the feds until the clock runs out to hamstrung agents and an enraged public, it could get ugly.
If a Woman Drinks, It’s Her Fault. If a Man Drinks, It’s an Excuse
It's the 1980s all over again.
The #MeToo Movement Has Reached Prison
Prisoners have remained silent – some out of shame, others out of fear of retaliation, but most because that’s just the way it’s always been.
The Judge Who Sentenced Brock Turner Has Been Removed From Office
Santa Clara County voters cast their ballots in favor of recalling Aaron Persky, the Californian judge who sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail.
When Recalling the Trauma of Sexual Violence Is Your Best Shot at a Visa
America's U Visa offers hope to survivors of awful crimes, even under Donald Trump. But applying can be its own kind of nightmare.
Opheli Garcia Lawler
My Nude Photos Were Stolen While I Was at School
When I was 15 years old, semi-naked pictures of me in lingerie became public property.