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Episode 7: The Second Rape Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast

The Beyond Fear Podcast is one continuous story, where episodes build from one to the next with the ability to reach back to previous episodes when necessary. Yet, when we started writing the story in episode 1, we didn’t fully recognize the impact that telling the story would have on us. Recording Episode 7 was one of those experiences that is hard to put into words.In this Episode, we sit down with Alexa’s mom, Stacey Branchini, for a intimate, unscripted and candid conversation about the impact of a criminal trial on a survivor and their family. Often referred to as “the second rape”, the criminal trial is often just as traumatizing as the assault itself. This is evident in our decision to invite Stacey to talk with us, because as we worked on writing this episode Alexa was unable to remember many o f the details from after her rape.  Including Stacey provides a unique perspective of this process and also highlights how trauma due to the rape impacted Alexa’s ability to recall certain events around that time. In this episode, Stacey and Alexa often refer to “the foundation”. After Alexa’s rape and the criminal justice process that ensued, her family founded the “It Happened to Alexa Foundation” to help survivors and their families navigate the justice process. Specifically, the It Happened to Alexa Foundation provided financial support for survivors and their support networks at the time of trial. This included airfare, lodging, money for meals, and more throughout the time of the trial.We hope that this episode provides insight for our listeners into “the second rape”. When we first began working on this episode we envisioned a more academic episode, but we believe Alexa’s story highlights what the justice process is often like for survivors and their families.We know that material like this can be difficult to listen to. It is okay to listen in short chunks, to listen with a friend, or to turn us off.If you have questions about this or any of our previous episodes, or if there is anything you’d like to know about our work, we hope you will email us at beyondfearpodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript of this episode of Beyond Fear, click here.For a direct download of this episode of Beyond Fear (MP3), click here.Follow us on Facebook at Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast, on Instagram @beyondfearpodcast, and on Twitter @fearcrimes
  1. Episode 7: The Second Rape
  2. Episode 6: How Hasn't it Affected Me?
  3. Episode 5: The Weaponization of Sexual Violence
  4. Episode 4: The Many Reasons Why
  5. Episode 3: Understanding Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

“The Second Rape”

The Beyond Fear Podcast is one continuous story, where episodes build from one to the next with the ability to reach back to previous episodes when necessary. Yet, when we started writing the story in episode 1, we didn’t fully recognize the impact that telling the story would have on us. Recording Episode 7 wasContinue reading ““The Second Rape””

How Hasn’t it Affected Me?

In “How Hasn’t It Affected Me?” Alexa and Alissa have a candid, unscripted, and vulnerable conversation with Monishia “Moe” Miller and Guy Hamilton-Smith. We each talk about the ways that sexual violence has impacted our lives. As with all episodes of this podcast, we want to warn our listeners that this can be difficult toContinue reading “How Hasn’t it Affected Me?”

The Weaponization of Sexual Violence

In episode 5 of Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast, Alexa and Alissa interview Dr. Nicole Fox, an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Division at CSUS whose current research focuses on how post-genocide communities remember violence through the creation of national collective memories embodied in memorials and monuments. In “The Weaponization of Sexual Violence”Continue reading “The Weaponization of Sexual Violence”

The Many Reasons Why

In Episode 4: The Many Reasons Why, Alexa and Alissa breakdown some of the various reasons why people commit acts of child sexual abuse and rape. It might come as a surprise, but there is not one reason why these kinds of offenses happen. In order to prevent future sex crimes from happening and toContinue reading “The Many Reasons Why”

Episode 3: Understanding Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

In episode 3, Alexa and Alissa interview Dr. Karen Terry about her research on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Karen J. Terry is a Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She holds a doctorate in Criminology from Cambridge University. Her primary research interest is sexual offending and victimizationContinue reading “Episode 3: Understanding Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church”

Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast. For a direct link to Episode 1 click here. In this episode we introduce ourselves to you. Alexa and Alissa are “survivor scholars”. We are criminal justice professors an sex crimes experts based in California who also publicly navigate our professional spaces publiclyContinue reading “Episode 1”

Welcome to Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast

Thanks for checking out the website for our new podcast, Beyond Fear. Our first episode will air on May 20th, 2020. Please make sure to tune in then as we journey with you through all things sex crimes related. Stay tuned!


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