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Break the silence that surrounds sexual assault, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, relationship abuse, stalking, hate crimes, and identity-based violence. Share your story here on our anonymous blog.

To speak about an experience with any form of interpersonal violence is difficult, but it is also empowering. Breaking the silence reduces shame and helps others to speak out about their own experiences.

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Because this blog features stories of interpersonal and sexual violence, we offer this *content warning* as a way of caution. We also ask that you do not reproduce any of the content below, as the authors of these personal stories are anonymous, and cannot give consent for their stories to appear anywhere other than this blog or at a Project Dinah-led SpeakOut event.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I'm the only woman in my family who has not been raped.

Writing that statement makes me sad. It makes me angry. It makes me cry. It makes me want to do something.

Sexual assault and men's violence against women are unspeakable crimes. And something needs to be done.

It's about power. It's about men's power over women. Until men change - patriarchy is eliminated - women must stand up and fight back. As women, we have to stand up and say that it is NOT okay. Women are not sexual objects existing for the purpose of men's sexual (or violent) pleasure. Men can fight this fight as well.

One way to start to do this, is to report sexual assault. If the crime goes unreported, the criminal gets away with it and is not punished. If they are punished, they learn that it is NOT okay and will think twice before they hurt another woman.

Because that next woman could be anyone.

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