Monthly Archives: December 2011

Day 16. Advocacy

Today is International Human Rights Day. As Hillary Clinton said back in 1995: “If there is one message that echoes forth (…) let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for … Continue reading

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Day 15. Embody the future

Not being a rapist isn’t enough. It isn’t enough to distinguish you from a rape-enabling culture. It isn’t enough to ensure that we create a violence-free future, a world where no one has to fear sexual violence. We all have … Continue reading

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Day 14. A Universal Declaration of Sexual Rights

Sexuality is a central part of being human. Sexuality is often an integral aspect not only of our sense of self and but also, importantly, in our relationships to others. Sexuality is both highly personal and undeniably communal. Sexual activity … Continue reading

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Day 13. Be safe, make safe, stay safe

Safe sex needn’t just refer to STIs or unplanned pregnancy and the need to protect ourselves from unexpected consequences. Safe sex is about more than our physical health. Safe sex is equally about our emotional well-being, our mental health and … Continue reading

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Day 12. What does your humour say about us? (Or, why rape jokes aren’t funny)

Rape isn’t funny. What could possibly be funny about trauma, humiliation and brutality? What’s amusing or joyous about a prevalent and devastating abuse of power? What’s humourous about bullying and cruelty? What’s funny about a violent epidemic that effects 1 … Continue reading

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Day 11. Give Respect

Aretha Franklin was onto something when she sang, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me.” We don’t tend to conceptualise it that way, but respect is always personal. What it means to me, what it feels like to me, … Continue reading

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Day 10. Empathy

You don’t have to have been raped to care about the occurrence of sexual violence. You don’t have to be a rape victim in order to be shocked by the appalling prevalence of sexual violence. Nor in order to be … Continue reading

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