What are the ramifications of sexual violence? Why do we keep silent about them? What happens when we break that silence? When we’re not believed? When our innocence is questioned? For nearly a decade, topics like these have been explored in the online literary website The Rumpus, currently owned and run by Marisa Siegel. She bought it from founder Stephen Elliott, the man who on October 10 filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men list, as well as the anonymous people who contributed to it.
Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the award-winning memoir The Telling, about childhood sexual assault, and the novel Currency, which is set in Thailand.