Hi Queens and Kings!
April shower bring May flowers right?! Well we are blooming right into a new month, and we couldn’t be happier to start fresh and new with you all. Although the topics we speak of are heavy in content, our goal is approach the subject of sexual assault and rape culture with the positive sentiment which is “change in our culture, and healing is possible.” The world says their is strength in numbers; God says that He is made strong when we are weak...so which is true?
We’d argue both... even in our pain, God has holstered us up when we didn’t feel we could carry on. He would remind us we are never alone in His presence and the strength He showed in other people’s stories of survival further confirmed that truth!
After my personal experience, the first time I heard something on the news, read something online or in a book about a sexual assault story, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Anger, resentment, frustration, and ironically, a bit of peace filled my heart. It was a type of peace in knowing I wasn’t alone in a world that subjects and positions women (especially women of color) to unjust circumstances such as gendered violence.
As the media gains more coverage of testimonies from women and men who’ve survived sexual assault, the denial of rape culture having responsibility for the perpetual occurrence of rape, and sexual harassment becomes more of an illegitimate defense for those who don’t agree.
The acknowledgement of rape culture forces the narrative to shift from solely victim and perpetrator to communal awareness and response to these crimes.
This month’s series “Mass Media & Sexual Assault” will analyze how sexual assault is portrayed in our mass media while also addressing how this news affects many survivors who are still healing from their own experiences.
We hope this series is not only informative, but empowering to those who are seeking answers, resolutions and more importantly peace.
Stay tuned! NEW BLOG POST dropping next week; EVERY week after that—because YOUR STORY MATTERS!
With Love and Solidarity,
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