One Billion Rising

Here is a video from another student at Interchange Counseling Institute. I honor Lucy, her story, her courage, her creativity, and her compassion. Last year, Eve Ensler’s amazing panel “Breaking the Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action” changed the course of my life. I am grateful to be on a path that intersects with such amazing souls.

“ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.
Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage.
The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces. It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice.” onebillionrising.org

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3 comments on “One Billion Rising

  1. Thank you for posting this important message. I’ve never been sexually abused or assaulted, but I know two women who were, and who’s attacks were never reported, because back then the women were put on trial, not their attackers. One of them became pregnant and opted for an abortion. These two women have healed, but they are scarred severely still.

  2. I’m glad that the world fought back against the injustice committed by the town, and I’m happy more people are speaking up about preventing grownup bullying and ignoring such a tragic crime as rape truly is.

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