Culture of Rape

01.05.13

How Did You Survive? A Call to Daily Beast Readers

The horrific gang-rape and death of an Indian woman has incited protests around the world, but millions more are sexually assaulted every day. The Daily Beast invites readers to share their own stories to expose the toll of sexual violence.

Reading about the fatal gang-rape of an Indian woman, The Daily Beast’s Rula Jebreal recalled the painful memories of her own mother’s horrific ordeal. The physical and psychological trauma. The culture of silence. “Tragically,” Jubreal writes, “there are millions of stories similar to hers.”

“What happened to my mother happens to millions of women every day around the world. In many places, it’s a crime that is swept under the rug.”

Let’s lift that rug.

Are you one of millions of women—or men—who have been affected by rape or sexual assault? Would you be willing to share your tale?

Use the form below to send us your story. Be sure to click the box telling us if you’d like to remain anonymous—the choice is yours. Our editors will read through the submissions over the weekend and publish a selection on The Daily Beast on Sunday afternoon.