It might be hard for me to talk but i’ll always Speak loudlyApril 10, 2013
Back on September 19, 2010 i wrote this post.
It is still one of the hardest things i’ve done. And the best.
Right now the amazing Laurie Halse Anderson is working with RAINN to help survivors since April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. i wish i had known about RAINN when i was raped, they are amazing and i am so thankful they are there for anyone else who may need them in the same way i am eternally thankful i found Speak when i did.
i was instructed to do something colossally triumphant when i got home from work. Posting about the Speak4RAINN campaign and making my donation was how i decided to do that. Writing out more of my feelings about my experience was another.
If you are able, take a second to think about the fact that every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. That is staggering and heart breaking. The rape culture that we live in and the victim blaming makes me sick. i didn’t ask for what happened to me. No one who has experienced a sexual assault did. $10 can help one of those people. That’s not a lot for something that may save someone’s life.
There is so much that needs to be done to fix this. But the biggest thing you can do is educate yourself. And then educate the people around you. Read the statistics on RAINN’s site, read Speak, watch The Invisible War on Netflix, google victim blaming and rape culture, read this awesome article about Laurie Halse Anderson, then read this post, and then read the rest of her blog. Do something. Chances are you know someone other than me who has been sexually assaulted, do it for them and then take a second to remind them how much you love and support them because i guarantee they’ll be happy to hear it.