Happy March 2nd everyone! It's a new month and a new season. As usual I will be blogging about rape, sexual assault, molestation and mental health. Since it's Women's History Month I'll mention organizations and resources dedicated to helping end sexual violence in Massachusetts and why keeping the conversation focused on rape culture is important.
The first organization I want to mention is BARCC. BARCC is an acronym for Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. They provide a wide range of services including counseling for rape survivors free of charge, groups for survivors of sexual assault, medical attention for victims who just experienced an assault, and translating for victims who speak other languages.
Last year during the late fall I attended a workshop for survivors of sexual violence called Survivor's Speakers. The experience was humbling and such an eye opener. The goal was for us was to make it through the 8-week course to eventually become public speakers. By the end of the 8-week program we were given certifications for public speaking on the behalf of BARCC that also allowed us to hold public speaking engagements to bring awareness to sexual violence through our own stories. BARCC has been a staple organization with a high reputation in the Boston area for decades. They've been active when it comes to ending rape culture whether woman, man or child. Regardless of sex, religion or race.
To see my reaction to graduating and getting my certification from BARCC as an official public speaker about rape culture click HERE.
To read BARCC Chronicles reviewing each week's task to become a public speaker click HERE.
To contact BARCC for services they are located at
99 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139.
BARCC's number is 617.492.8306.
BARCC's website is http://www.barcc.org/
It's important for women to keep the conversation focused on rape culture because misogyny is normalized in today's society. It's not even a second thought to call women out their names or to undercut the achievements of women. Yes women have rights, however, we still make less than a dollar (80 cents) for each man's full dollar. We are still targets for violent crimes. We are still fighting for rights to our wombs, particularly under the Trump administration that puts women's birth control rights in jeopardy. So yes, women have made major advancements but we are still fighting an up hill battle.
According to RAINN an acronym for Rape Incest National Network, rape and sexual crimes have decreased over the years. "The rate of sexual assault and rape has fallen 63% since 1993, from a rate of 4.3 assaults per 1,000 people in 1993, to 1.6 per 1000 in 2015." However 1 out of 6 women will face a rapist with the intent to rape. "1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted)." Every two minutes a person is raped in the U.S.. This means 30 rapes every hour. This means 48 rapes in a day. This means 1,440 in a month (30 days). This means 17,280 a year. Remind you, rape is a crime that's severally under reported, especially in communities like Black/African/Caribbean communities. As well as rape accusation don't always end up with the perpetrator going to prison. RAINN stats
As women, we have to speak up about rape culture and make strides to bring rape to an end. We should not accept that rape is just a part of life and rape is to be expected. 1 out of 6 ladies! Think about that when you're with your female friends, your sisters, aunts, mothers, nieces, daughters etc. If we accept rape culture as normal than we should not be surprised when rape becomes as ritualistic as a Quincinyetta or Bar Mitzvah. Speak Up. Speak Out. Speak Truth.
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I'll leave you with a personal quote of mine, "It's imperative that these acts of wrongdoings do not continue unchecked for it is our children who pay the highest cost." - Vie Ciné
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