As Free as a Bird

Spreading my voice on the injustices of rape culture, misogyny, and human trafficking in an effort to educate others and empower like-minded women.

Archive for the tag “Victims”

Domestic Violence Defined

Domestic Violence Defined

It is much more broad and far-reaching than many people realize.

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Stand in Solidarity Against Bullying

The next few weeks I am going to be covering bullying, victim blaming, victim shaming, and slut shaming. We can stand up for each other. We may feel powerless at times, but we can lift each other up and make each other stronger. Bullying can cause scars, and I personally believe that it can be a precursor to, or as a result of, sexual abuse. It is important to remain strong, support others, and encourage each other not to give into the victim mentality. Let’s show the world how amazing and special we truly are. Speak out, because your voice counts!

Sunday Secret

Sunday Secret

Here is a postcard that was on PostSecret this Sunday. I know it is hard for many people to understand how/why someone would blame themselves for their own rape. The best way to understand is to ask. They may feel ashamed or as if they did something to cause the person to think that it was okay to take advantage. They may also feel as if they made poor decisions or that they could have prevented the rape. I am still struggling with this, and I know it can be a comfort to know that people understand you, that they hear you, rather than trying to give you advice from a perspective that does not understand. We are never at fault РTHEY should have known better, should have made better decisions, should have prevented themselves from taking advantage, should have been respectful, should have been better.

 

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