Collegiate debate has documented extensive problems with sexual harassment. This manuscript uses the first author’s layered account of sexual harassment experienced as a collegiate debater, her transition to a different university, and the management of private information with her family. Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory and a plethora of studies provide a theoretical lens of the first author’s autoethnographic experience. We advance CPM theory by examining how young adult children manage their privacy through constructing more rigid privacy boundaries than their adolescent counterparts and provide the first look at how disclosure can both enable and constrain victims/survivors of sexual harassment, as well as interrogate the way in which survivors can own their experiences and perpetrators be held accountable within the debate community.

Author Biography

A version of this manuscript was presented at the 2018 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Correspondence concerning this manuscript should be addressed to Tennley Vik, Department of Communication Studies, University of Nevada, 1664 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89557. Email: tvik@unr.edu.



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