Tag: Assault

Amber Tamblyn’s Sexual Assault Mad Libs Is Sad Proof We All Know How the Story Goes

You might remember Amber Tamblyn as the wonderfully angsty Tibby in The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants movies, but more recently, she’s been in the spotlight for a much more serious matter. Following Donald Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” remark, the actress shared the story of an abusive ex-boyfriend doing exactly that to her at a club.

Before the story went viral, Tamblyn called her mother, so she wouldn’t hear about her daughter’s sexual assault on the news first. And in a powerful essay for Glamour, Tamblyn talks about that conversation. Not only was her mother “unshockingly unshocked” (an unfortunate testament to the world we live in), she had a similar story of her own. To illustrate how terribly common these stories have become, Tamblyn wrote her mother’s story Mad Libs style:

Go ahead and fill in the blank of my mother’s story. It’s easy, isn’t it? I was at a ________, and a guy _________. I was _______ years old and the father of one of my friends __________. I was at work and my boss ___________. I was walking down the street and __________. I exist, therefore ___________ is bound to happen.

Tamblyn is talking about her mother, but most women can fill in one (or many) of those blanks based on something they’ve experienced. And that’s exactly the problem.

Greatist RSS

#WhyWomenDontReport Sexual Assault Is Trending (Thanks, Trump)

In the last few weeks, more than a half dozen women have come forward claiming Donald Trump sexually assaulted them. Most of the alleged incidents happened over a decade ago, leading many to ask: Why are these women coming forward now? First off, women have spoken up about Trump’s inappropriate sexual advances in the past. But there are also plenty of legitimate (and upsetting) reasons victims of sexual assault stay quiet for so long. People are using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport to share the unfortunate realities that often stop survivors from coming forward. Here are just a few examples:

Greatist RSS