I just wanted to drop a quick note to acknowledge that today kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Click the link for more ways to get involved. Here’s one suggestion: if you haven’t noticed the badge in the sidebar, April 3rd is Blog Against Sexual Violence day, scheduled to coincide with A Day to End Sexual Violence. The theme this year for both the awareness month and the blogswarm is sexual violence in the workplace.
I, of course, will be participating. I urge you to get involved, too, particularly if you write for a blog that doesn’t generally deal with sexual violence issues. I can keep hammering away about rape until I get carpal tunnel, but at the end of the day I still write for a feminist blog. And the people it is most important to reach are the kind who wouldn’t be caught dead with the URL of a feminist blog in their browser history.
You don’t have to blog about the theme topic — any subject matter regarding sexual violence will do. I don’t think that my post will be on sexual violence in the workplace, though I haven’t yet picked a topic (suggestions are welcome!). Though I blog about sexual assault rather regularly, I will make a special effort this month to cover those issues even more, as much as the rest of the crazy misogynist news will allow. I’d particularly like to highlight activist groups that are working to combat sexual violence, and I’m especially interested in community-based work and innovative approaches. If you know something that fits that bill, please do let me know!
For a real post highlighting the importance of this month, check out Marcella. And then, while you’re there, sign up to blog against sexual violence on the 3rd and grab yourself a blog badge.