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College Student Secrets

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Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., started IU Secrets to get students in her human health and sexuality class to open up about sex. Because sex is such a taboo topic, Herbenick thought an anonymous forum would promote sharing. This project is patterned on a project called Post Secret, which allows anyone worldwide to share secrets anonymously. For her class, Herbenick invites students to write their secrets on postcards, without identifying themselves, and send them to her. She scans the card and posts them on the IU Secrets Tumblr account. The stories range from sexual assault to beautiful stories of unrequited love.