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Stanford accuser of Virginia’s Fairfax issues plea for awareness

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13.02.2019

"When survivors more broadly start comparing notes ... that’s when the light bulb goes off,” said Vanessa Tyson, a Stanford University fellow and a professor at Scripps College. | Scripps College via AP

By CARLA MARINUCCI

02/12/2019 11:09 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dr. Vanessa Tyson, the political scientist catapulted into the national spotlight after she recently accused Virginia’s lieutenant governor of sexual assault, made a plea Tuesday for institutions and individuals alike to stand up to sexual violence with courage — and to acknowledge that “every survivor matters.”

“The hardest part of this whole dynamic is that you’re made to feel alone, you’re isolated,’’ said Tyson, a Stanford University fellow and a professor at Scripps College, speaking at a Stanford University event Tuesday. “When survivors more broadly start comparing notes ... that’s when the light bulb goes off,” she said.

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“That, I think is the most important part of #MeToo,’’ she said. She added that, in addressing and bringing forward the difficulties faced by sexual assault victims, “sometimes, you have to lead by example — no matter how hard it is.’’

Tyson earlier this month accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of a sexual assault that she said occurred more than a decade ago; he has vehemently denied the allegations and labeled them a “smear.” Tyson spoke Tuesday night at a symposium........

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