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The Ripple Effect – Iris’ Story

It took years before I could share my story with others but when I did I discovered I was not alone. My main goal in sharing my story was to let other women who had been raped to know they were not alone either. Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted in our country 44% of those assaulted are under the age of 18 About 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the ...


The Real Life Hurt of the 20-Week Ban

On this 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the U.S. House of Representatives tabled a 20-week abortion ban bill - for now. Some female Republican House members were concerned about the GOP's anticipated rhetoric over the rape exception in the bill and how it would reflect on the party. Some in the media and pro-choice movement are heralding these women for standing up for changing the wording of the ...


Rape Culture’s Collective “Ah Ha” Moment

I'm having an ah ha moment while reading an article posted by a man explaining the phrase "rape culture" to other men. Truth is, I've had this same ah-ha moment before. You see, I'm again remembering that in addition to ALL the rape attempts I remember in my life and that I speak about readily, there's also a rape attempt I never really talk about. Because it was my boss. Every time I think ...


What Did She Do to Make IT Happen? I Was Walking to My Car

New Orleans is a city of beauty, culture, and diversity. There is a dark side to it though. Amidst the crowds of tourists and locals there are those predators who wander the street. In a Rape Culture some always ask “what was she doing to cause IT to happen?” Well, these women weren’t doing anything. Some were walking down the street, some stopped in a local watering hole and met what seemed...


Feminists, Mujeristas and Womanists, It’s Time To Unite!

Unless you are one of the few charmed women in the world that has been spared any struggle, it is time to recognize that we women are facing battles that our mothers and grandmothers fought years ago and policies being written by privileged white males. Most of us are in the process of living a full and well rounded life. In some cases you will be acknowledged for those experiences and in others...


Everyone Hates Rape…Right?

UNITEWOMEN.ORG and RAINN would like to be able to say, “Yes!” “Isn't it a given that everyone hates rape?” is something we hear quite often when inviting people to submit a statement for UniteWomen.org’s Unite Against Rape campaign.  Tragically, this question is not as rhetorical as it would seem.  A significant portion of our population is either unaware of, or indifferent to, the in...


True Story

First things first. I’m a happy, well-adjusted, contributing member of society. I refrain from telling some personal stories because I certainly don’t want to burden anyone or gain any sympathy. In fact, being pitied is insulting to me. So, as you read, please keep in mind I am strong, successful and happy. I’m inspired to write today having heard stories of young women that are slut-sham...


cranky confession: why I’m fighting the War on Women

"Why are you so passionate about women's rights, sexual victim's rights, and reproductive rights? You've never been raped or assaulted, you've never had an abortion, you've never been abused." I have three best girlfriends. Among the three there have been two abortions, and two miscarriages. Today, two are married, one has two children and the other is expecting her first in a few weeks. The ot...


What I Felt After My Unite Against Rape Photo Got Posted

I am writing regarding my photo submission for the Unite Against Rape Campaign. First, I would like to thank UniteWomen.org and the entire Unite Against Rape team for what they're doing with this campaign. It's amazing and beautiful to read the support/stories of all these women and men. I even wrote my own statement of solidarity and sent it in with my photo, yet when it actually got p...


Changing The Rape Culture – One Voice At A Time

Anger is often the catalyst that compels us to do things.  It was anger that compelled two women to start “Unite Against the War on Women” last year.   Again, it was anger that compelled us to embark on the “Unite Against Rape” campaign. Alexandria Goddard, the Steubenville blogger, drew the world’s attention to the rape of Jane Doe. People were outraged that a human being could be...


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