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A Call Not For A Truce, But For A Change

“I want a twenty-four-hour truce during which there is no rape.” Andrea Dworkin’s essay and call for a truce was written a few decades ago, during the tumultuous wave of feminism which would become the stereotyped “face” of man-and-sex-hating feminisms, and it is due for an overhaul. The premise is wonderful, but the context and […]

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On Space, Empowerment, and Survival

It can seem silly, having a need for a personal and safe space on the internet. The internet is a vast, non-tangible or physical “place,” so how can it contribute to empowerment or survival? The answer is simple: for those us who either fight against or have survived violence, oppression, and navigate a world where […]

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2014 Brave Bold Beautiful

Please join us for the 2014 Brave Bold Beautiful with featured speaker: ESPN columnist/ TV personality, Jemele Hill who bravely supports the right of sexual assault survivors This content is also available in: Spanish

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End the Gray Areas–Silence Isn’t Sexy

The Power of ‘Yes’ and Enthusiastic Affirmative Consent  Trigger Warning: This post contains graphic description of sexual assault.         Anyone who’s been through a high school health curriculum knows that sex education focuses on asking for consent and that no means no (or, you know, “don’t have sex. You will get pregnant, and die,” as […]

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Sexist Ad Critique

This ad is absolutely ridiculous. First of all, I have no idea what they are advertising. I had to look it up. Redtape is a store for men’s apparel, footwear, and accessories. What do those women have to do with any of those things? Second of all, the women in this picture have become an […]

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Too Many Martyrs

For those of us who care about this issue—who care about ending sexual assault and the suffering it causes—it can be painful, tiring and discouraging to keep up with the news. We see story after story of mishandled case and mistreated survivor. There is an unprecedented amount of media attention on sexual violence: the White […]

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Victim Blaming

Rape. The image that comes to mind when I hear that word is a tall, strong, white male jumping out of the alley on a dark night dragging a small female back into the dark. The truth is that this rarely ever happens. 2/3 of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. Every two […]

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Let’s Recall A bit of US Immigration History

There is a lot of controversial and alarming news about “Unaccompanied children crossing the borders alone”, or “Our community cannot handle this, we don’t even know what all diseases they have or their criminal background”, or “No justification for city-issued ID card for illegal immigrants”. What’s Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? In general, any migrant’s […]

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Body Image and Sexual Assault

The impact of sexual assault on the psychological and somatic (body-based) dimensions of a person is complex and can take several forms. But how does sexual assault affect body image? Most survivors experience disturbances in their body image, ranging from a mild preoccupation with their physical appearance, to self-injury, eating disorders and body dysphoria. Because […]

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