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Jana Mestecky (left) poses for a cast photo during production of the play 'Des rats et des hommes,' directed by Israel Horovitz (front, third from left). The photo appeared in the French magazine, L'Avant-Scene in 1994. Mestecky is one of many women who have come forward accusing Israel Horovitz of sexual harassment and assault. Courtesy of Jana Mestecky hide caption

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The Psychological Forces Behind A Cultural Reckoning: Understanding #MeToo

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James Meadours (left), Debbie Robinson and Thomas Mangrum share their stories about sexual assault. Lizzie Chen for NPR; Claire Harbage and Meg Anderson/NPR hide caption

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In Their Own Words: People With Intellectual Disabilities Talk About Rape

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Larry Nassar listens to victim impact statements prior to being sentenced after being accused of molesting more than 140 women and girls while he was a physician for Team USA and Michigan State University. Nassar has pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Mich., to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Lyons-Boswick goes to Veterans Courthouse in Newark to have a judge sign off on a warrant she needs to prosecute a sexual assault case. Cassandra Giraldo for NPR hide caption

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How Prosecutors Changed The Odds To Start Winning Some Of The Toughest Rape Cases

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In a speech at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey told the story of Recy Taylor's violent rape by six white men in 1944. Taylor, pictured above, died last month at age 97. Her attackers were never prosecuted. Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press hide caption

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'Recy Taylor's Rape Still Haunts Us'

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Patricia (from left), Natalie and their mother, Rosemary, sit in their home in Northern California. Natalie, a woman with an intellectual disability, is unable to speak. She couldn't explain what was wrong and doctors couldn't figure out why she was in pain. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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'She Can't Tell Us What's Wrong'

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For Some With Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts With Sex Ed

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Pauline stands in her room after coming home from a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Michelle Gustafson for NPR hide caption

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The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About

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In the wake of the "Me Too" movement, more victims of sexual harassment and assault continue to come forward. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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In The Wake Of #MeToo, More Victims Seek Help For Repressed Trauma

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