Helped out with setup for today’s @cpaforg holiday party celebrating the holidays with current and graduated families from the Transitional Shelter Program. These families had been affected from sexual and domestic violence, and the organization’s mission is to nurture change providing the care and love these survivors deserve. 💜 #cpaf#nuturingchange#enddomesticviolence#endsexualviolence
Are you a teen passionate about ending sexual and gender-based violence?
The Firecracker Foundation is recruiting self-identified survivors of sexual violence and allies to survivors of sexual violence who are in 10th or 11th grade to its new program, Sisters in Strength - Lansing. Individuals who apply should share a vision for ending violence, desire to build sisterhood/siblinghood (community), and willingness to advocate for change.
Link to more information and to apply in the bio.
This is a youth organizing program with a focus on both healing and organizing.
While this program is open to all teen survivors of sexual trauma and their allies, The Firecracker Foundation will prioritize the applications of teens of color, LGBTQ2SIA* teens, teens with disabilities and other marginalized groups in the Lansing area.
Sisters in Strength – Lansing is an expansion of The Firecracker Foundation’s current Teen Club programming utilizing an adapted version of the Sisters in Strength (SIS) curriculum developed by Girls for Gender Equity - GGE, based in Brooklyn, New York, and the national Me Too Movement - #metoo . This program is possible through funding provided by the The New York Women's Foundation and the Girls Innovate Fund and is one of two pilot #MeTooTeen programs in the country.
#metoo#metoomovement#youthorganizer#endsexualviolence#endgenderbasedviolence#sparkhealing#truthtopower#internship#lovelansing#healing#community#opportunity#lgbtq#disabilityjustice#indigineousyouth#latinxyouth [Image description: Three black teens embrace and smile in white shirts]
Wearing my thrift store #ootd#dress to remind me and you that 300,000 GIRLS in the USA are currently trapped in sex slavery. The average age is 12-18. These are runaways, homeless, children of abusive parents, or actively struggling with addiction parents, foster care age outs, or fatherless girls. Dysfunctional homes with no positive male role models = high risk young girls who will easily fall prey to the trap these pimps set. For a young girl with no father figure in her life, it doesn’t take long for a skilled manipulative man to show her the “love” she’s always craved, to develop just enough trust to get her believing his lies. 🥺😰🥵 .
Want to help?
Here’s some ways:
Stop looking at porn. It drives human trafficking. Get help if you can’t do it alone. Pray for families! Tell that couple you know who are struggling that counseling is good and worth it. Pray for men to rise up as positive role models for children and teens! Teach all the boys in your life how honorable it is to be a father who loves well. Pray for fathers to stop just making babies and start RAISING children! Pray for teen girls and young women to develop an identity in Christ so strong they don’t fall into these heinous traps. Remind young girls of how smart, strong, and valuable they are. Pray for law enforcement and health care professionals to be more adequately trained to identify and help victims. DONATE to Dressember to help provide support for every walk of life. Several of the grant partners work directly with children at high risk. No donation is too small.
Pray. Love. Teach. Give.
The United States Department of Education recently released its new proposed Title IX regulations. Title IX helps keep girls safe by banning sex discrimination in schools, education programs and school-related activities that receive federal funding. These new rules are harmful because they would reduce liability for universities, tighten the definition of sexual harassment and allow schools to use a higher standard in evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault. But, before the rules can go into effect, there is a mandatory 60 day public comment period. We have until January 28th, 2019 to submit a comment and stop these disastrous new regulations that hurt students and make it harder for survivors to come forward.
We need to let this administration know we will not stand for weakening protections against sexual assault of students. Please submit a personalized comment about why these new regulations hurt our young people, particularly girls: https://www.handsoffix.org/submit-a-comment
Do you ever feel this way and wish there was someone who could help?
Here at RCCCNM we offer FREE counseling for those who have been affected by sexual violence. If you’re struggling, if your family is struggling, if your partner is struggling, we are here to listen and help. (You can call our office to get more information too - 505.291.3563)
You can always call our hotline to talk to someone for free if counseling/therapy isn’t what you’re want to do. Our hotline is completely confidential - 505.266.7711
"Being (or feeling) safe is something a woman should never have to worry about. I appreciate what Anova does, which is why I did my fundraiser. Sometimes, though, a small token for no other reason than to say "I'm thinking about you" can bring a little joy in a difficult time". Thank you Tina for your beautiful donation & thoughtful words⠀
"Let us raise our voices together and say: No to violence, yes to peace, no to slavery, yes to freedom, no to racial discrimination, yes to equality and to human rights for all." .. “I hope that today marks the beginning of a new era - when peace is the priority, and the world can collectively begin to define a new roadmap to protect women, children and minorities from persecution, in particular victims of sexual violence.” Nadia Murad speaking at the #NobelPeacePrize award ceremony. #nadiamurad#nobelprize#peace#yazidi#helpismagazine#womenpower#endsexualviolence#protectwomen#humanrights @nadia_murad_taha
It's hard to believe that certain things still have to be said, but the stories of assault survivors can't be ignored. I stood with my community today to protest against sexual assault, but the protest is just the show. The hard work comes after. It is the work of difficult conversation, it is the work of changing laws and policies, it is the work of dismantling systems. It is the ever so difficult work of learning how to treat each other. #endsexualviolence#endsexualassault#endsexualharassment
“Cyntoia Brown, who's serving life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was 16, could still be freed soon.
The Tennessee Supreme Court last week ruled Brown would have to serve at least 51 years in prison for the 2004 killing before she's eligible for release.
But amid widespread outrage on social media, Gov. Bill Haslam's office is now reviewing her case, which has drawn support from A-listers like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West.”
Read the most recent news here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/12/13/us/cyntoia-brown-governor-clemency-trnd/index.html
Have you been following Cyntoia Brown’s story? At 16, she was forced into prostitution. She was a child. Even if she was a “willing” participant (which Cyntoia argues; she was forced), she is still a survivor. Her story has similarities to every other story of rape and sexual violence. She was hurt, and people with authority not only did not believe her, but they criminalized her immediately, which is what happens to other survivors who come forward to tell their stories. Dr. Ford is a great and recent example of how our society immediately demonizes survivors.
We are not a judge, nor are we a jury. We are supporters. At RCCCNM, we believe Cyntoia Brown just like we believe any survivor who tells us they have experienced sexual violence. Cyntoia’s story gives us a grim look into the way this country still views SURVIVORS, especially survivors who are also people of color. Has anyone thought about the implications of labeling children (who are trafficked, prostituted, or involved in survival sex work) as criminals - for crimes that were committed against them? What happens when that label follows them for the rest of their lives?
Well, what happens is these children, who are no stranger to oppression, will be tossed back into the cycle. These child survivors will have to hear at such a young age that they are not believed and that the deserve their circumstances.
At RCCCM, we believe survivors. We believe that for sexual violence to end, all forms of oppression must end. Cyntoia Brown’s story is a perfect example of this.
#cyntoiabrown#endoppression ndrapeculture #sexualassaultawareness#believesurvivors#webelieveyou#endsexualviolence#metoo
It took the senseless murder of Grace Millane to realise there is a problem in this country , women are being murdered , at the hands of men . If I hear ‘not all men ‘ one more time .. instead of putting your energy into arguing your selfish instincts to protect the reputation of men , put your energy into protecting women. Call out your guy mates for rape jokes or general disrespect of women , allow your male mates to express themselves in a healthy way instead of perpetuating toxic masculinity. Put your energy into creating a culture where women feel as safe as you do instead of putting your energy into protecting yourself from hearing womens pain .
Today on Facebook, we hosted a live conversation about the importance of teaching children about consent. To view the entire video, which features Trauma Therapist Ana Maria Martinez and Senior Director of Educational Services Alex Leslie, click the link in our bio!
You ask people how they like their pizza, why don't you ask them how they like their sex?
Communication is the best way to build awareness of your partner’s consent cues and to give space for a no or for negotiating what is or isn't on the table when you’re being intimate. Learning what you each like best, and what you’re in the mood for each time, will bring you closer together and ensure you both have a good time.
Invest in your partner’s experience: the biggest aphrodisiac is enthusiasm.
This is one of five SACE videos outlining some of the positive features of consent. This is an example of how consent has to be enthusiastic, or actively wanted. Follow our account to check out videos illustrating how consent has to be clear; ongoing and act-specific; mutual and enthusiastic; and sober! -- [Video description: scene of a house at night, 2 figures in the window.
“What are you in the mood for?” “Hmm I don’t know what are YOU in the mood for?”
“How’s this?” “I don’t know…not tonight”
“Okay how about pineapple?” “Yes.” “Are you sure?” “Totally!””
“I think we could use some more peppers over here.” “”Sure! (now inside, showing the people making a pizza)
“Some of this?” “Hmm How about this instead?” “Ooh yeah, Great!”
“More cheese?” “More! MORE!”
“Wow this is so good!” (scene of the two eating the pizza)
Image: At the table, pizza finished and now they’re looking at each other over the table: long look, now what?
Tagline: “Just like pizza, sexual activity is better when you figure out what everyone likes best”
Final image text:
No one is a mind reader. It takes work to figure out what your partner likes and develop a shorthand. Talking out what you each like- and checking in often in case that changes- is the best way to make sure you both have a good time. #EnthusiasticYes ]
Over the past few days the stories of #jacobwalteranderson#cyntoiabrown amongst countless cases of sexual assault, violence, and lack of accountability for a privileged few have left a pit of emptiness in my gut.
It is time we begin discussing these issues within our communities, within our own homes, and between those who are parents to begin having these conversations with their children .
Most importantly, it is the responsibility of institutions like @bayloruniversity @ut_dallas and all other universities to implement changes and uphold these criminals to minute scrutiny. Universities have become hunting grounds for many entitled, self righteous, and privileged young men who believe that their aggressions, especially against woman, will be seen as a part of their developmental progress and receive nothing but a slap on the wrist for such acts of violence and hate.
It is a problem that affects us all, a problem that inflicts pain and suffering into our every day lives were fear begins to hold a tight grip around our very core .
WE MUST NOT ALLOW FOR THIS TO HAPPEN!
A survivor of sexual violence from the Kosovo War with her sister-in-law at the Medica Gjakova office which has helped survivors with counseling since the end of the war. Shame and stigma in Kosovo society surrounding the topic of wartime rape prevent survivors from publicly talking about what happened to them 19 and 20 years ago and often have to rely on counselors and doctors from the few NGOs in Kosovo working with the survivors to tell their stories, heal, and move forward with their lives. Many survivors do not even tell their loved ones what happened to them during the war. In this case, the survivor told her sister-in-law who now supports her and joins her at group counseling sessions with other survivors. Please stay tuned for more about this project in the coming months. #kosovo#postwar#healing#sexualviolence#humanrights#endsexualviolence#photojournalism#documentary#documentaryphotography
I am SO disgusted — literally sick to my stomach with our justice system set up to help abusers and silence victims.
This violent rapist, Jacob Walter Anderson, is left to walk the streets freely and continue to drug and violently rape other women.
What has to happen for us to actually punish and hold accountable these violent predators?! Do women have to die for a court to take them seriously?
And people wonder why sexual assault goes unreported...
Nobel Peace Prize Winners Demand Global Action on Mass Rape “'Thank you very much for this honor,' said Ms. Murad, 25, a Yazidi woman who was forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State, 'but the fact remains that the only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals.'” -Nadia Murad
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/world/nadia-murad-denis-mukwege-nobel-peace-prize.html #NadiaMurad#NobelPeacePrize#EndSexualViolence#MeToo#TimesUp @nytimes
The Brock’s of the world get 3 months for raping a woman that was unconscious... but it appears justified that this young woman should be sentenced to 5 decades before parole. Reeks of White privilege and it is sickening. @governorbillhaslam Grant clemency now! Please write email call...spread the word
Cyntoia Brown (29 years old now) was 16 years old when she was imprisoned for killing a 43 year old man in self defense. She’s been ordered to serve 51 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. The Tennessee Governor can grant her clemency and free her before he leaves office in January.
Contact Tennessee Governor and urge him to grant clemency for Cyntoia before he leaves office. Call, write letters, send emails:
Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Send a letter of support and encouragement to Cyntoia:
Tennessee Prison for Women
2 North, B49
3881 Stewarts Lane
Nashville, TN 37218-3302
Send support funds to Cyntoia that go directly to her books: jpay.com #00410593
@janaillustration #FreeCyntoia#FreeCyntoiaBrown#Solidarity#endpatriarchy#endsextrafficking#saveourgirls ” #warrior#activist#endsexualviolence#whiteprivilege#clemency#thisisbullshit
Today, I signed with @bkpub, an independent publisher, which means I get to write a book about uncomfortable conversations and their role in preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment! 📖 💻 🙌🏼 Between now and May 2, when the first draft is due, you can expect many crack of dawn 🌅 posts about tea ☕️ and writing. Then a few months of editing and planning before publication in early 2020. This journey to find the alignment between my personal passion and professional life has had its ups and downs. Owning my identity as a survivor. Claiming my expertise and the contribution I have to offer the field. Building a platform and finding my voice. Thank you for encouraging me when I’ve been down, believing in me when the future was uncertain and celebrating the big and small steps along the way. Tonight, I’m taking a moment to soak it in before the reality of writing 40,000 words in five months kicks in. 😱
This past October I have been honored to have been invited to paint a tribute portrait to support Fear 2 Freedom, a non-profit organization that through its dedicated workers and amazing volunteers provides education, information and support in an effort to end sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and sex trafficking.
I was deeply moved to be able to support not only a great cause, but a cause that I believe in with this painting which I have titled “Freedom restored” and that I have donated to the organization to raise funds.
Don’t ever miss the chance to give your contribution to make this world a better place.