Chelsea Young

Chelsea Young

Survivor, Advocate


Chelsea Young is a fierce advocate for victims of sexual violence after being raped on a college campus by a co-ed who asked for her help on a school paper. Ms. Young immediately sought help, but was met with skepticism and disbelief by friends, law enforcement, a forensic nurse and campus officials. The process left Ms. Young feeling broken, but she did not give up, fighting for justice and for her case to be heard. After a lengthy process, Ms. Young’s case eventually went to trial which led to the offender being held accountable for the crime. Ms. Young’s experience demonstrates the real-life impact that can occur when victims are not believed, and cases are not thoroughly investigated or taken seriously. Ms. Young’s desire for justice, her determination and resiliency, are an inspiration to survivors and professionals alike. After a brief break, Ms. Young is back in school and currently shares her experience with criminal justice professionals and other allied partners with the hope of improving the criminal justice response for other victims of sexual violence. She has shared her story at the Trauma to Trial (Justice 3d) Conference, Campus Violence Prevention Conference, and for Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. Ms. Young also serves as a volunteer with Hanover Safe Place in Hanover County, Virginia.