Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Cara on April 1, 2008

in activism, blogging, blogswarm, feminism, human rights, rape and sexual assault, violence against women and girls

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.

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1 tangerine April 2, 2008 at 11:26 am

I would like to add, on a somewhat related note (maybe), that today (April 2nd) is also autism awareness day. It would be nice if you gave some credit to the women who deal with this issue every single day of their lives, devoting all their time to a child with autism. I babysit an autistic boy, and the strength and endurance that his mother has is amazing. She truly is an amazing woman to be able to love her son unconditionally, even with the heartbreak of him not recognizing her, not telling her that he loves her and giving her kisses. You can find more about this at Autism Speaks. Thank you for your time, and I just hope everyone can recognize some true women heroes on this autism awareness day.

2 Jennifer April 2, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Hmm, that’s funny. You’re on my list to add to my blogroll when I move my blog.
I guess I’m something of an anomaly though.
I’d be interested to know if you have any other Conservative Pro-Life readers. Women’s issues transcend the left-right divide in my opinion.

3 vervassal April 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I thought you should read this, get the word out. It’s the most disgusting piece of shit I’ve seen in a while. Women more troubled by bag theft than rape, BNP candidate claims.

The article quotes Nick Eriksen as saying: “I’ve never understood why so many men have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the feminazi myth machine into believing that rape is such a serious crime … Rape is simply sex. Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal…” and so on.

Ugh.

4 Cara April 2, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Vervassal, I moved your comment over to this thread since it’s more on topic over here. But I did want to thank you for the link — you’ve inspired my blog against sexual violence for tomorrow.

5 Jennifer April 3, 2008 at 8:44 am

Vervassal-that’s the most disgusting thing I’ve heard.

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