Advocating for survivors of sexual assault & creating a culture of consent.
Hi, I’m Bianca Rosen.
I write about sexual violence and advocate for sexual violence policy that is survivor-centered.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area in a small town called Piedmont - where my family moved us for the great school system. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Piedmont High School is where my journey in the anti-rape movement actually began. When I was 15-years old, the varsity football players began something known as the Fantasy Slut League. Like fantasy football, they would draft players, but the players were the young women attending Piedmont High and they won points for their “team” based on the sexual activity they engaged in. For five years, the school turned a blind eye to the Fantasy Slut League - institutionalizing sexual harassment. For five years, the young women of Piedmont learned and lived in this environment. It was not until much later that I understood the impact that this experience had on me. I did not recognize the effect that nicknames like “Fat Rack Rosen” had on my self-esteem. Only when I was in eating disorder recovery did I begin to connect how I had been commodified as an object and how I saw myself as one – an object that was to be perfected and molded for the validation of others.
In fact, it was not until I attended Loyola Marymount University, where I studied sociology and learned about gender-based violence that I realized what happened in high school was sexual harassment. It was then that I finally had the language to make sense of my experience in high school.
After graduating college, I became a rape crisis counselor and co-created a feminist podcast called the Left Ovaries. I was determined to support survivors and undercut the oppressive cultural values, norms, and practices that keep sexual violence alive. For three years, I volunteered and worked with my local rape crisis center while also organizing and coordinating local campaigns - both issue and candidate campaigns.
Throughout this time, I attended the University of San Francisco and earned my Master’s in Public Affairs. I sought to link my experience in community-based work with impactful policy change at the local level. Inspired by my time as a rape crisis counselor, I wrote a graduate thesis and other related pieces that advocated for reform in San Francisco's response to sexual assault. This advocacy contributed to a larger policy shift now taking place in the City that aims to center survivors and build a survivor-centered culture within city agencies.
These days I continue to write about sexual violence and sexual violence policy on the local and national stage. My career is deeply embedded in promoting a survivor-centered approach to anti-rape work in all avenues of the movement. On a broader scale, I intend to relentlessly support, amplify, and contribute to the collective shift towards a culture of consent, equality, and freedom.
San Francisco’s actions need to match its rhetoric on sexual assault (The SF Examiner)
Sexual assault response should be centered around the needs of survivors (The SF Examiner)
The next steps for the #MeToo movement (The Hill)
Justice Beyond Accountability (Ms. Magazine)
Rape Culture and the Kavanaugh hearings (48hills)
Homelessness and sexual violence (48hills)
If you’d like me to come to your classroom to engage with your students about what consent looks like, or would like me to speak on behalf of my policy-related work, please fill out the form below.