Liz is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) Teaching Elder who has spent her career working in interfaith and multi faith landscapes. She is currently the College Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Kalamazoo College. Liz received her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and is currently working on her D.Min at Chicago Theological Seminary.

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Here's Why It's So Hard For Victims to Report Sexual Assault

by Elizabeth Hakken Candido 06-09-2016

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And my students are lucky. They have a college chaplain who, by virtue of my ordination as a Christian minister and my role as a pastoral care provider, can offer them the opportunity to tell their story on their terms. I provide them support and a safe place as they re-familiarize themselves with their own life and help them regain a sense of their own agency.

As I hold my college students and their stories in prayer, I often fight my own urge to ask them to report. The incredible injustice of rape makes me livid and I want so badly for my students to receive some sort of vindication for the wrong done to them. I try to remember that the only person capable of assessing what a victim needs is the victim herself. Some are ready to walk into the onslaught of the justice system in the hope of receiving some sort of public vindication. Most are not.