Sophia Veltfort

I wrote “Man Accused” before Trump became president, before the Weinstein scandal broke, and before all of the recent reports and allegations of sexual harassment ensued. At the time, I was thinking about gendered violence through the lens of campus sexual assault. Writing from Sully’s perspective was in part a way for me to grapple with a mindset that does not come easily to me. How do we reach our understandings of the world, of ourselves, and of each other, and what does it take to disturb those convictions? If Sully’s sense of reality changes, it does so perhaps not for the reasons I might want. But I do think it changes.