Like just about any other social issue, there are hundreds of letter writing campaigns you can get involved in to end sexual violence in the US. There are a lot of laws and “definitions of rape” that exist to keep the blame on the survivors of sexual assault. Right now, the FBI defines rape as “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly against her will.” That means that many types of rape are not included in this definition, and according to this definition, men cannot be rape survivors. Click here to send a letter to the FBI so the official definition includes all survivors and all situations. In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, “rape is rape is rape.”
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Find out more information about reasons for the letter and change of definition.
The original article that lead me to the letter signing campaign.
An extremely interesting study published by Amnesty International about the prevalence of violence against women around the world (in a “Global Village of 1,000 people”)
An article about another Oregon public worker accused of sexual harassment and abuse.
An article about another Toronto police officer accused of sexual harassment and abuse.
Hmm.. noticing any trends here?