I was on the front lines of the first wave of rape law reform in the 1970s and 80s. I have been on the front lines of media coverage of sexual assault in the 90s and 00s. Despite all our efforts, there are just too many cases in which I could not in good conscience counsel a victim to report her rape to the police — even if I were completely convinced that a crime had indeed been committed. The law reform that I was so much a part of twenty years ago has not achieved the kind of radical change we had hoped. I am helping launch CounterQuo because I believe the time has come for a united front between legal leaders and media leaders to rethink how we galvanize the majority of Americans to understand the dynamics and impact of sexual assault... so that I can look forward to a day when I would advise my granddaughters to report the crime to police if they were ever assaulted.
— Susan Estrich

Susan Estrich is currently the Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California and a member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today. She writes the "Portia" column for American Lawyer Media and is a contributing editor of The Los Angeles Times. She was appointed by the president to serve on the National Holocaust Council and by the mayor of the City of Los Angeles to serve on that city's Ethics Commission.

A woman of firsts — she was the first woman president of the Harvard Law Review and the first woman to head a national presidential campaign (Dukakis) — Ms. Estrich is committed to paving the way for women to assume positions of leadership.

Books by Ms. Estrich include "Real Rape," "Getting Away with Murder: How Politics is Destroying the Criminal Justice System" and "Dealing with Dangerous Offenders." Her book "Making the Case for Yourself: A Diet Book for Smart Women," is a departure from her other works, encouraging women to take care of themselves by engaging the mind to fight for a healthy body. Her latest book, The Los Angeles Times bestseller, "Sex & Power," takes an impassioned look at the division of power between men and women in the American workforce, proving that the idea of gender equality is still just an idea.