Elite Daily's Back In My Body honors Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. One in six American women have survived a rape or rape attempt, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). In the aftermath of an assault, survivors navigate the legal system, grapple with new attitudes towards sex and relationships, and wade through the process of recovery. There's no one-size-fits-all way to move forward, but no matter how you do it, know this: You're not alone.

By Griffin Wynne
There's sex. There's good sex. And there's I-didn't-know-human-existence-could-feel-like-this, I-need-to-reevaluate-everything-in-my-life, call-the-fireman-because-our two-bodies-together-are-burning-up-the-town sex. Though there are a ton of…
By Rebecca Strong
In the wake of trauma, there are a number of steps a sexual assault survivor might take to reclaim their sense of power and identity. Among the most momentous can be reclaiming their stories. Chanel Miller would know: After four years of being known…
By Barbara Simi Muhumuza
Everything had been going smoothly. Despite the breath I was holding in my chest, there was nothing uncomfortable about this date. He was nice and handsome and attentive. He looked me in the eyes and spoke with intent. Nothing gave me any indication…
By April Young
Between the court documents, the legal papers, the news articles written about the incident, his story is out there, but it isn't the full truth. My story has never been told until now. It’s unthinkable, unbearable, and it actually happened: My…
By Devi Jagadesan
Rape changed me forever. It changed the way I walked on my campus, the way I dress, and it has changed the way I drink socially. In July 2015, I was raped for the first time. Afterwards, I remained silent. I was ashamed. As a full-time…
By Stefani Clark
When I was having casual sex regularly during the summer of 2017, only two things ever happened: guys would take me to a park or quiet industrial block for privacy, and then we'd either have sex or I'd blow them. Sometimes, when we were hooking up,…
By Anne Lauren
I have been fighting for freedom from the consequences of childhood incest and illness my entire life. I was born with an uncommon digestive disease called Hirschbrung’s: a disorder in which the nerve cells that control muscle contractions in the…
By Monnaa Hassan Elsayed
I pushed him off of me. I know I did. Didn't I? For months after I was sexually assaulted, this question plagued me. As I meticulously recounted the events of that night in excruciating detail on a daily basis, I doubted my actions and feelings of…
By Rebecca Strong
Sexual assault can take on many forms and affect people of all races, ages, religions, and genders. However, there are a few truths that apply in all cases: It is never the survivor's fault, and recovery always requires time, patience, and ideally,…
By Griffin Wynne
Conversations around systems of oppression, rape culture, and the necessity of believing survivors have become more prevalent in the media, thanks to campaigns like the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp. Addressing the topic of sexual violence within our…
By Catherine Kelly
Do you know the feeling? When your entire being shrinks to the size of a pea; your memories retreat from the edges of your body until the very essence of you is neatly packaged and tucked away; you begin to dissociate from your physical self. It's…
By Shelby Black
The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which he denied, awakened an important discussion in the United States. Representatives for Kavanaugh did not reply to Elite Daily's request for comment. As women like…
By Jamie Kravitz
While sexual assault is in no way the fault of the victim ever, there are some safety tips for avoiding sexual assault on campus that you can arm yourself with. It's an unfortunate fact that you are most at risk for sexual assault during your first…
By Jamie Kravitz
Giving and receiving affirmative consent before hooking up or having sex (also known as "yes means yes") is always important. Now more than ever, it's imperative that you explicitly ask your partner for their verbal consent before engaging in any…
By Alison Segel
I have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a childhood sexual assault, and I feel the emotional repercussions of it every day. I hardly even remember the event itself. Bits and pieces of it, the before and after, the general feeling — those I…