Welcome to today’s edition of the V Word. Today we talk about the Rolling Stone’s article published last week about the gang rape that happened at a fraternity house on University of Virginia’s campus. A campus located 1 hour from the WRIR studio here in Richmond.

We stand in solidarity with the survivors on this campus, the survivor that shared their story for this article, and for those fighting to make sure that sexual assault against all people is taking just as serious as fraternities and college football. We hope that this survivor and all survivors on campus have the support they need right now. We are here to listen.

You can listen to the episode here

Do you need help or information?  Here are some options…

If you have been assaulted and feel comfortable with calling the police, call 911.

If you are not comfortable with talking to the police, but want to talk to someone, you can call  the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.

You can now text/chat The Virginia Hotline Monday through Friday 4pm-8pm at http://www.vsdvalliance.org/

Text: (804) 793-9999 Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm to speak to someone today!

If you have been assaulted in the last 72 hours you can get a  forensic exam to collect evidence and receive medical care. You can do this with and without reporting to the police. The local hospitals in the Richmond area with Forensic Nurse Examiners are at Medical College of Virginia and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Do you want to know how you can help?

Get involved with your local domestic violence/rape crisis agency.  Donate to services that help survivors recover and heal.

Want to share a story or ask a question?  Email me at thevword.radio@gmail.com or tweet me at my twitter account:  @preventviolence.  You can read the transcript for this show and past shows on my blog at www.thevword.org

Today’s host was Jenn Gallienne. The V Word is recorded in the studios of WRIR-LP 97.3 and streamed at wrir.org, The V Word is produced by Carol Olson. Music was created by The Etching Tin

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