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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

First you can help by donating to fund rape crisis centers and you can enter to win a copy of "Red Hood's Revenge", signed and everything:

Support rape crisis centers and enter to win an Advance Copy of Red Hood’s Revenge, by Jim C. Hines.



Then, you can read about an LJ theme that took off 6 years ago for a few days, just about 4 months before I joined livejournal. As described by [personal profile] elf  (aka elfwreck in other venues):

In August of 2004, elf  that caused me to write this post is the reason. Not because of all the above stuff, but because of her last paragraph:

I don't know how to shift from personal anecdotes to statistics. I know that every adult woman I know has either experienced sexual assault or counts herself lucky to have not. Not "normal" -- lucky. Normal is holding your keys between your fingers when you walk across the parking lot. Normal is first dates in well-lit places with easy public transit home. Normal is never going to a party without a female friend, and checking in with each other every half-hour. Normal is all that and more... and managing not to be assaulted is still a matter of luck.


This gave me chills. Not only because it is The Truth™. But because people used to look at me liked I'd grown horns when I'd say it and it is good to see others recognize how important (and scarily so) luck is in the equation.

So - Sexual Assault Awareness Month - emphasis on awareness. Spread the word.


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