#Speak

I should preface this by saying that I was never raped and I won’t pretend to know what the trauma of that feels like. But raising awareness about rape and relationship abuse, something that I have experienced, is something I care deeply about. Because it makes me angry as hell that it is still happening. Despite all the campaigns, “No means no” and “yes means yes,” and whatever other efforts, it is still happening everywhere and everyday. And there is still so much stigma, shame, and above all, victim blaming. When a girl reports that she was raped, some of the first questions are “was she wearing a short skirt,” “was she drunk,” “was she making out with him?” Rarely do the questions address the perpetrator, who is actually the one to blame. Even close friends may ask the victim these same questions, as if answering yes to any of…

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