Alexa D. Sardina, PhD is an assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Division  of Criminal Justice. Her scholarship focuses on female‐perpetrated sexual violence and how restorative processes can be used to address acts of sexual harm. Dr. Sardina has written and presented on research that combines her experiences as both a rape survivor and an expert on sexual violence in order to encourage the perspective of “survivor scholars.” This view brings an important perspective to sex crimes policy, treatment and healing, and aids in communal sexual violence prevention efforts. Dr. Sardina is a co‐founder of Ampersands Restorative Justice, a non‐profit organization dedicated to using restorative processes to address sexual harm. She also co‐ hosts the popular podcast Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast.