#BBCtrending: 'I believe you' blog offers support for sexual assault victims

  • 5 August 2014
Media captionMary Adkins says the blog is aimed at teenagers who have been sexually assaulted

"I believe you - It's not your fault" is a blog where victims of sexual assault can share their stories.

It was started two weeks ago from a secret Facebook group for women writers. One of them wrote a post about a 12-year-old girl, a friend of her daughter's, who had been the victim of an assault.

"It's cat-calling, it's intimidating stares, it's a man reaching into a car window and just grabbing my boob when I was 16," says Mary Adkins, a New York lawyer.

Seattle-based writer Lindy West wanted to create a blog where women can share their stories of past abuse, hoping to reach that child and others in need of support.

The blog got 3,000 notes and 2,300 followers in the first two weeks. West, the curator of the blog, says she is not posting more than two stories a day, but already has the next two months covered.

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