27 Oct 2012 8 Comments
I read this today: “A Fan Letter to Certain Conservative Politicians“, written by John Scalzi. John warns that the letter will be triggery and does an excellent job of moderating the comments, realizing that such a topic is likely to lead to very upsetting comments.
John’s “letter” is told from the fictional point of view of a rapist, thanking that particular new breed of politician who seem to be bending over backward to take away the rights of women. He focuses on how rape is a crime of power and control, and how the policies of these politicians are actually giving the rapists more control over their victims. It’s obviously a satire, but it’s spot on. More
31 Aug 2012 6 Comments
I borrowed this video from my friends over at Opt4. It shows how men rarely have to even think about the possibility of being raped. Some of them even laughed when asked what they did to protect themselves from rape, or seemed baffled by the question. But the women all had numerous strategies and often elaborate plans for how to avoid rape. This shouldn’t be. Watch it all through to see the appalling stats about rape worldwide. One in six US women will be raped in their lives (about 17%). But 6 out of 10 women globally will experience sexual violence. That’s 60% folks. Unbelievable. And 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. Let that number really sink in.
I agree…I am tired of the silence. Are you?
21 Aug 2012 6 Comments
in Emotions, rape, recovery, sexual assault, women's issues Tags: abortion, date rape, domestic violence, emotions, misogyny, rape, rape survivors, sexual assault, support, Todd Akin, violence against women
Apparently, it takes a politician to make me so angry I feel compelled to post for the first time this month! Well, that may be the only good thing to come of Todd Akin’s recent comments. I will come back to Mr. Akin in a minute. But first, the post I was actually attempting to write before I had ever heard Mr. Akin’s name…a simpler, less trigger-filled time.
In my last several posts, I have spoken about the emotions I have felt surrounding my rape. Of these, anger is the one that seems to keep cropping up over and over. It’s powerful, it’s natural, it’s justified, and it simply won’t go away no matter how many years pass. Anger, during and immediately after the rape, can be a powerful motivator. It can lead you to fight back. It can lead you to contact the proper authorities and seek justice. But it is an emotion with two sides. More