I have been compiling a small list of issues I’d like to touch on as I continue to receive training as a rape crisis counselor. I find much of what I learn eye-opening and I work to find ways to convey these learnings succinctly to the people in my life – and those reading this blog – because I want them to be better informed. In a recent conversation with an educated male friend, I was frustrated to hear him raise the “Duke lacrosse” scenario as proof that lots of women false report being sexually assaulted and that claims should be met with suspicion. So, false reporting will be one (near) future post. And then there’s the topic of treating perpetrators of the crime. None of us really want to think about perpetrators as humans, right? But a recent training raised some interesting questions and challenged me. So, I’ll be writing about that next.