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I’m Christine Hedges & I’m Running for St. Charles County (MO) Council, District 3.

    Like many others around the country, I went into mourning on Nov. 9, 2016. I closed all my social media accounts and stopped reading the news. I felt as if my country had betrayed all of the ideals that I thought we held dear. The election was devastating to many, but I later found out that my reaction was not untypical among women, who realized that the election of the cand...


Girls Don’t Cry Wolf

Click here to view Girls Don't Cry Wolf Video I was raised in a small, conservative town where sexism was present, but was not critiqued by peers or adults within the community. Slut shaming and biased dress code regulations were habitual and unquestioned by all during my years in junior high and first half of high school. I not only experienced these pressures in a classroom setting, but als...


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 ...


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...


University needs to make a stronger effort against sexual assault

UniteWomen.org member, Alexandra Miller and Paul Grindle wrote a piece for their University newspaper on possible solutions to the surge in reported sexual assaults on campus. If you have written a piece on sexual assault for your campus newspaper, please send it to awareness@unitewomen.org for consideration in the UniteWomen.org blog. Stony Brook is grappling with an increase in reported se...


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...


Confessions of a Child Abuse Survivor

Part I It has been a decade now. A decade without abuse being a regular part of my life. It might not seem like a lot of time. But I guess if you spent your whole childhood with it, then it seems like a lot of time. A lot of time to let it grow into you, flow out of you, time to heal, to embrace yourself and to become your own person. I confess already that I am not over it – I still have ...


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...


Steubenville- Solitary Incident or Sign of the Times?

Thoughts on the Steubenville rape by the survivor of a date rape.  This is a personal story and may be a trigger for fellow survivors. So, after days of staying away from the Steubenville rape story, I've decided to throw my thoughts in the mix because...well, everyone else is. And because I can relate.  Let's plow ahead. Over ten years ago, I was an undergrad at the University of South Caro...


Eric Cantor – Please do not push women over the Physical Cliff!

December 29, 2012   Open Letter to Eric Cantor: Millions of women are asking that you pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act before the end of this Congressional session. The Senate bill passed with bi-partisan support with 68 votes in April. It is our understanding that you are holding up a vote on that bill due to your objection to full protection for Native Amer...


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