For Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2013, the BDN published an OpEd or column every day relating to sexual assault. We heard about healthy sexuality, street harassment, the challenge of addressing sexual violence in rural areas, the long-lasting effects of child abuse, and the isolation that male victims experience.

Below are many of the OpEds, written by survivors and prevention advocates:

Dear service provider: I’m gay

The lives of sex trafficking victims in Maine

Listen up: Sexual violence does not discriminate

The sex offenders you don’t know

Breaking the cycle of trauma and homelessness

Let’s talk about sex

Get outraged about sexual assault

How to support a victim of child sexual abuse

How counselors can better protect domestic violence victims

Understanding the needs of male sexual assault victims

Do you catcall women as they walk down the street?

When will men stand up to violence?

The challenge of overcoming sexual violence in small communities

How the military is slowly overcoming a history of sexual violence

Same standards must apply male, female batterers

In my twin sister’s rape there were many victims

Complaceny about domestic and sexual violence equals complicity

Maine’s only male sexual violence educator calls for cultural change

Local center celebrates Sexual Assault Awareness Month with prevention

Sexual Assault in the Military: A troubling trend

When victims of sexual assault see justice

Sue Hall Dreher, executive director of Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on domestic and...