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Are women more willing to speak publicly about personal sexual assault, misconduct?




Attorney Gloria Allred and Occidental College sexual abuse victims announce a federal complaint against the small, liberal arts college on April 18, 2013.
Attorney Gloria Allred and Occidental College sexual abuse victims announce a federal complaint against the small, liberal arts college on April 18, 2013.

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Two women spoke out against the very powerful National Football League this week. Meanwhile, more women on U.S. college campuses, in the workplace, and in the military are coming forward with stories of sexual assault.

Are women more willing to speak publicly about personal sexual assault and misconduct?

It seems society may have reached a tipping point, where more people are talking about issues typically seen as women's issues in public than ever before. But are we really seeing a change in culture? Or does social media simply aid in expanding how fast and how far these stories reach?

For some thoughts on this, Take Two welcomes Michelle Erai, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA, and Lindsey Horvath, Global Coordinator of One Billion Rising, a global effort to end gender-based violence.