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In light of recent actions taken by Rolling Stone magazine, I have to believe that there are those who have been raped or abused, who may be more afraid to come forward than they were yesterday. There are many, many reasons why these cases are difficult, and we are seeing an illustration of many of those problems today. We live in a society that thrives on the sensational soundbite, the outrageous story, the easy headline, and the knee jerk reaction. So often when these things happen, the truth of the situation seems to matter less to some people than how much they can use it to further their agenda. The situation here is that a great number of young women live in fear of being raped on the campuses of their colleges. They fear this because victims are so often disbelieved or blamed for their attack. What we have seen in the past few months has been an amazing uptick in the amount of conversation around this issue, and a growing number of people ready to speak out on behalf of themselves, their loved ones, or perfect strangers to let them know that they are not alone, and that there are people who care about them. When you work on behalf of any cause, especially ones fraught with the sort of difficulty that rape and sexual abuse are, there will be obstacles. We must not let those obstacles cause us to forget about the people who have the most at stake. We must continue to love, and provide compassion and support to those who ask for it. This is what AVFTI is about, and what we will continue to be about.avfti

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