Archive for April 15th, 2011

This is the first year I won’t be surrounded with the friends and family who have seen me through everything from freshman year. While “Take Back the Night” on OU campus is celebrated at the end of April, my “Take Back the Night” is tonight. After everything that happened I was given a great amount of support from everyone around me. Each year, the same people who found me, the ones who saw me through my P.T.S. episodes, who made me talk to someone, who supported me, would go through the anniversary with me. They would also participate in “Take Back the Night” with me. They would encourage me and give me the strength to talk – to share my story with others.

While it all happened so long ago it is still something that has become a part of my life, it is something I let define myself for a long time, and while I hopefully don’t give it that same control anymore I recognize at the same time it will always be there. But this doesn’t upset me because all the wonderful moments of kindness, generosity, selflessness, and love I received from friends, family, and even strangers, in the days and years following will also always be there. Everything that happened didn’t just happen to me, it happened to them too. It happened to all the people who have been there for me – my roommates, my best-friends, and my family. It affected them just as much. I want to take this moment to thank them all for the support they have given me, for the love they have shown me, and for taking back the night with me. So here are some classic chants for you to celebrate. And I’m pretty sure you all know my favorite…..

“We’re women! We’re here! We’re fabulous – don’t fuck with us!”

“Hey, hey! Ho, ho! This patriarchy’s got to go!”

“Hey mister! Get your hands off my sister!”

“2,4,6,8! Why don’t you go masturbate?!”

If at all anyone is interested:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month

Sexual Assault Awareness is going on this week at OU campus. The march will be held on Thursday the 21st

The Cleveland Rape Crisis center is holding different events, fundraisers, and awareness discussions throughout the month

Statistics from Rainn.org:

60% percent of assaults are not reported to the police

every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted

1 out of 6 women has been subject to an attempted or completed rape

since 1993 the sexual assault has decreased by 60%

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