Tonight's special guest is 17-year-old Lulabel Seitz from Petaluma, California, currently enrolled as a Freshman at Stanford University. During her senior year of high school she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student. His parents hired a defense attorney, however, and the perpetrator received no disciplinary consequences from the school. He was also allowed to attend graduation. Eventually this attracted media attention on multiple news outlets when, during her graduation speech as the 2018 valedictorian of Petaluma High School, she stood-up for victims rights by stating to an audience including her accused perpetrator, “Learning on a campus in which some people defend perpetrators of sexual assault and silence their victims [but] we didn't let that drag us down,” only to have school administration cut-off her microphone mid-speech. The school district said “If the school is providing the forum, then the school has the ability to have some control over the message.” Lulabel defended her position when posting her Youtube video of the full speech that has now gone viral. “For weeks, they have threatened me against ‘speaking against them' in my speech. Sometimes we know what's right and have to do it despite the threats.” Please call in and join NAASCA in hearing the rest of Lulabel's story and supporting our new young members in advocating for victim rights! Lulabel herself makes an excellent point about society's young survivors saying their voices have, “demonstrated time and time again that we may be a new generation, but we are not too young to speak up, to dream and to create change.”
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