Wow...it’s kind of unbelievable that we have already greeted Spring, and we are in the month of April! (Especially considering that it snowed last night here on the east coast and looking like a winter wonderland.)
Regardless of whether life is putting you through a snow storm or you are embracing more sunny days, we encourage you to join us on another month of encouragement and shared testimony from survivors like Cristal and myself.
If you didn’t know, April is recognized nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We will be featuring collaborations with some great organizations looking to spread awareness throughout their own communities and globally. We at Herstory hope to do our part by sharing the voices of survivors and allies supportive of the cause. An important objective within our service-healing blog is to not only affirm the voices of survivors, but also educate our community on the prevalence of rape culture. We want to call into question patriarchal agendas within our mass media. We want to make our voices not only heard but believed in a society prone to victim-blaming. So...how can we help? Where do we even start when attempting to dismantle an agenda that perpetuates gendered violence and cultivates a culture built on foundations of fear and injustice?
We may not have all the answers or the perfect one, but we hope our personal experience of sexual assault and education in the field of gender studies will aid us in building a community with new ideals and stronger voices of survivors everywhere.
When you hear or see the words Sexual Assault, what does it mean to you? Does it speak volume? Or is it just an another overlooked phenomenon. At the very least, we all understand the basics...it’s been funneled in most every school orientation, in section blah blah blah of your student/employee handbooks and may or may not have come across through conversation about sex ed. Whether at school or at home. Plainly speaking, the whole "someone that was forced to have sex without their consent,” seems a bit barbaric. I mean, If we can assume the majority of society understands this, and more can agree that “being forced to do anything outside of your own will is ‘wrong’ why does it still occur?
Again, BIG problems with even BIGGER questions. Similar questions can be asked of society when questioning why people kill innoncent lives, or wish/act in harmful ways against others due to their sex, sexual orientation, race creed, etc.
A lot can be said as to why these things happen amidst the sinful nature of the natural world. Some may blame the individuals out their who are just “bad people”. So what about the “good people” how can that argument hold any weight what bad things happen to “good people”.
The bigger lie we continue to perpetuate is that individuals are not impressionable. They say “it’s takes a village to raise a child” but if that village is torn about due to immoral or unjustified opinions of how a human should be treated; then we would argue that that child has a skewed view of how she/he will navigate these interactions in their future.
This month, we want to place more of an emphasis on te community; and what we can actively do right now
to foster a healthier, more supportive, loving, and equalized village of our own! Stay tuned as we discuss ways you can support a cause that has everything to do with those who’ve survived, as it does the community and culture we inhabit.
Thanks for sharing your stories with us, for your bravery and your support!
Till next time; with love and solidarity,
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