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An Interview with Sandra Fluke

Penn State junior Stephanie Wain, creator of the successful documentary ‘Unreported,’ sat down with Sandra Fluke to discuss the importance of raising awareness about sexual assault.

“We do need a change in conversation and how we talk about it,” Fluke said in the interview. “The biggest thing, I think, is that we have to stop talking about it as something that ‘someone else that we don’t know who must be a monster’ has done. Sexual assault is a monstrous thing. It’s traumatizing and awful and completely unacceptable, but we have to grapple with the reality that this happens in our culture and that it is committed by people we know, and we have to start talking about it in that way or we’re not going to change it.”

Fluke and Wain discuss the Steubenville rape case, the time Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a slut, victim-blaming rhetoric, and how to tackle the massively complex social problem of sexual assault. “We’re all well-advised to try to not put ourselves at risk, but we can’t ultimately prevent someone from assaulting us,” Fluke said in the interview. “Only those who commit sexual assault can actually prevent sexual assault.”

To hear the remainder of their discussion on this topic, watch the video below!

SPEAK OUT: An interview with Sandra Fluke from Stephanie Wain on Vimeo.

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Alicia Thomas

Alicia is a senior with majors in Print Journalism and Spanish and a minor in International Studies. Chances are that she's somewhere talking about her semester abroad or ranting about sexual assault prevention right now. She can be reached via Twitter (@aliciarthomas) or email ([email protected]).

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