#MeToo Activism

Helana is vocal about her experiences of sexual abuse within the academy because she wasn’t able to talk about it for so long. It is a massive problem that isn’t discussed nearly enough, in large part due to NDAs and fear of retaliation from powerful academics.

Helana recently completed her second book, intended for a general reading audience, called #MeTooPhD: A Trauma Memoir. She is currently searching for a literary agent and a press for this book, which highlights the intricate layers of interpersonal and institutional abuse that push victims of professor-student sexual abuse out of the academy. A summary of the main points has been published at the PhD Voice blog, in an article entitled “The Hidden Curriculum: Insights from a #MeTooPhD Survivor.”

Helana is available for podcast interviews and guest lecturing engagements about sexual abuse in the academy. Please direct all email inquiries to

Helana has been trying for many years to organize support groups for survivors of sexual abuse within the academy. Currently no such forum exists. If you simply need a friend as you struggle through this fear and silence, reach out on Twitter or via email.

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