Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: Types of Sexual Assault and the Effects

AUTHOR: ASHLEY BENEDICT

Note: This post is quite long due to a lot of important information that is rather difficult to condense. Please don’t let this discourage you from reading. The information in this post is extremely important and worth reading. Share this post with friends and family to help spread awareness during the month of April (and every other month) on sexual assault and prevention!

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Question of the Day

How did you answer? Do you think that women should be obligated to shave their body hair? Why or why not? Is shaving a social construct, or based on personal preference? Why are women encouraged to shave body hair, but not men? Let us know what you think by sending in any work, questions, or comments to gvsufeministvoices@gmail.com!

Feminist Comics: Going out in public

Author: Ashley Benedict

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I find this particular comic to be quite powerful, and I wonder: How many of you go through this process every day? Why do women tend to worry more when going out in public than men? Why do we feel the need to prepare ourselves? Women tend to be targets of sexual and verbal harassment more frequently than men. Does this play a factor? How can we work towards making women feel safer when leaving the house? Remember: April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Share your ideas with us by sending in any work, comments, or questions to gvsufeministvoices@gmail.com!

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: The Statistics

AUTHOR: ASHLEY BENEDICT

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue. On April 1, 2001 the U.S. first observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) nationally. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

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“Boys Will Be Boys” Is Harmful to Boys, Too

Author: Ashley Benedict

There’s a phrase that has re-entered the realm of social justice, and more and more people are fighting hard against it. “Boys will be boys” is something we’ve all heard once or twice (or a thousand times) throughout our lives. It’s often used to excuse the destructive and usually inappropriate behavior of young boys, and continues as a belief once these young boys reach adulthood. “Boys will be boys” has often been noted for it’s promotion of gender stereotypes and victim blaming. We tend to focus on how this mindset negatively impacts young girls and women – which is a conversation we should definitely be having. However, very rarely do we talk about the way “boys will be boys” harms young boys and men, too.

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In Which Abigail Adams, Unamused By Misogynist Founding Fathers, Is Inspired by This Fight Riff And Punches The Person On Her Left

Author: Maria McKee

As the lyrics “Salvation so bitter sweet

the taste brought fear to our tongues”

blare from monitors on either side of the stage,

Abigail Adams levels three people with a spin kick.

Aaron Burr falls to the ground holding his ear and attempts

to crawl out of the pit, blood stains following

on the black concrete floor.

 

Her hoop skirt umbrellas around her waist

as she hate dives boot first into the face

of Thomas Jefferson, pushing his teeth

to the back of his throat, causing him to choke

on his egoist tomfoolery.

 

Corset loosening, she breathes easier

as she head crawls toward the stage, eager

to grab hold of the mic from Alexander Hamilton.

Sweat flies from his forehead and his eyes widen

in surprised satisfaction at her tenacity.  Abigail piles on,

and is immediately suffocated by tank tops and cut-off

camouflage shorts following her lead.

 

Impressed by her technique, James Madison makes Abigail an offer

to join Brothers For Life’s hate-moshing, hardcore jamboree.

She leaves and heads to The Coney for a milkshake.