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Believing Survivors

Dylan Farrow’s open letter about the sexual assault she endured from her adoptive father, Woody Allen, has provoked a sensational discussion around the issue of who to listen to, and who to believe. I believe that narratives of sexual assault must always be taken seriously, not only because they are most likely true, but also because our response to these narratives reveals something about ourselves. Moreover, our responses then reveal this information to the people around us who make decisions based on it. Ann Friedman’s blog post I Believe Dylan Farrow makes this point based on the network of people in her life. Quite simply, she writes: “While all the caveats about not knowing the family personally apply, I do know several women who have experienced sexual violence that is not dissimilar from what Dylan describes. Continue Reading →