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WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG POST. 

Earlier this week on CNN, a documentary illuminating the realities of sexual assault on college campuses was aired. ‘The Hunting Ground’ was a powerful, emotional, and much-needed story that needed to be shared with Americans all across the nation. This documentary was written by the same people who produced ‘The Invisible War’, an expose on women’s sexual assault in the military.  (more…)

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What do you call rape?

content warning: rape, sexual assault, trauma, scary thoughts

This is one of those posts that I didn’t really want or intend to write, but I guess I needed to. I’m shaking a little. (more…)

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Project Clothesline is a nationwide project that documents the experiences of survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Survivors and people who knew victims make T-shirts about their experiences. These shirts are then displayed publicly to highlight the issue of violence against women.

Project Clothesline at UMBC

Project Clothesline at UMBC

The Women’s Center at UMBC takes part in this project. The shirts are displayed twice a year. During relationship violence awareness month in October, and again for sexual violence awareness month in April. I saw the clothesline last year, and it really hit me.

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It seems to me that no one ever thinks about this, or they never want to talk about it. I want to talk about it. I think it needs to be written down, passed around, and heard over and over again until we replace our present beliefs with the truth.

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A participant lights a candle next to a sign during a vigil for the Indian rape victim in Singapore

An international coalition of researchers recently released the results of a study conducted throughout 6 Asian nations, China, Bangladesh, Cambodia. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea. They surveyed over 10,000 men and the responses were startling (although, not really, but I refuse to ever become desensitised to rape statistics). The survey found that, on average, 1 in 10 men admitted to raping a woman who was not their partner and when partners were included, it was around 3 out of every 10 men. The researchers were careful to not use the word “rape” because then it just sounds wrong so they side-stepped around it by asking if they had ever forced a woman to have sex, ignored when she refused, or had sex with a woman who couldn’t consent (either she was drugged or too drunk). This allowed the men to be more candid. Of the men who acknowledged forced intercourse (bka. RAPE), over 40% said it was because they were angry or wanted to punish the woman and over 70% admitted that their reasoning was because of sexual entitlement. They felt entitled to have sex with women, any woman they chose, any woman they had access to. They were entitled. Entitled to someone else, who isn’t really anybody because all we are is a body. A body for sexual pleasures.

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I was reading an article on the internet the other day. It was about a young girl in Towson who had been raped while she was walking back home. I scrolled down to the comments and there had been a few comments that had stood out to me. One comment stated “Not trying to be rude, but why was this girl out walking alone 1 in the morning?” this comment was followed by a reply basically agreeing with the comment above saying that if you’re going to be walking alone at 1 am, you’re asking for problems.”

Why is it, that a woman can’t be safe while she is walking home. Why can’t a woman be as independent and as free as she chooses. Why as a woman should we be forced with a curfew as to when we can and cannot walk to places? As a woman we have so many societal restrictions and hazards we face every day. We are always looking over our shoulders making sure we are not in harms way. Is this a new norm in society where we can’t trust the people walking around us? If so that is is a ridiculous social norm that really needs to be changed. As women we should be able to do what ever it is that we want to do even if it is a simple as walking home at 1 in the morning. As for our male counterparts, you need to learn that when a woman is walking down the street at one in the morning please don’t rape her. If you have some sick sexual desire please seek some help for it, do not take it out on the woman walking to her home

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