I guess we do since scum sucking hell dwelling rapists linger among us.
The awareness month is April. It's now.
But I'd argue every month is the month to be aware.
Living in the United States, it seems like violence against women and girls should be something we only hear about in third world countries that exist under oppressive anti-women regimes. But it's not. It's here. In our schools and offices, in our churches and community centers, on our streets and in our parking lots. In our homes. It's been proven again and again that there is no place that's safe for all women and girls.
I find it so weird that people were all up in arms about people who identify as women using women's rooms, saying it opened the door for men to just dress as women and prey on us in there. Now, why would they do that? They don't need to dress as women to prey on us in the bathroom. They dress as themselves and prey on us in mall parking lots, along streets on the way home from work, in church basements, in college party houses, behind dumpsters, under trees in our own backyard. You want the bathroom to be safe but you're not concerned about our safety anywhere else? I call fucking bullshit on that. Rapists wear their daily uniform when they attack wherever they want and no one gives a good fuck about that. Not to mention, the majority of rapists are not strangers. Leave the goddamn trans people alone. Not only are trans people not interested in assaulting women and little girls, they are victims too: 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.
Then there's this. We have people sitting in jail for having an ounce of weed while rapists walk among us and sit in class next to us and ride our trains.
Sometimes they're sitting even closer than that.
All infographics from RAINN, our largest anti-sexual violence organization. They work to help survivors, educate the public, and improve public policy.
They also operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline, accessible 24/7 via 1-800-656-HOPE or online.rainn.org.
These graphics are not comfortable for me to look at. I think they're important to share. We'd like to think we've come so far, but we haven't. Brock Turner the rapist is free, and famous for it. We need a culture shift, and that is everyone's responsibility, regardless of what private parts you have.