Men and women, around the world, are submitting their photos and statements of solidarity against rape and in support of rape survivors. The campaign called, 'Unite Against Rape,' was launched by the nonpartisan women's rights organization, UniteWomen.org, in hopes of changing the dialogue of rape culture, and removing the stigma of rape, which many survivors carry with them for years.
UniteWomen.org, with a reach of over 20 million people, is creating an array of individual graphics with these photos and quotes posting them on their Facebook page (www.facebook/UniteWomen) to depict both the diversity of victims and the unity of sentiment against sexual violence.
The purpose of the “Unite Against Rape” campaign is to change the public dialogue about rape and bring awareness to the issue by sharing people’s individual perspectives as we head into Sexual Assault Awareness month in April. With the recent rape trial in Steubenville fresh in the minds of Americans, and similar cases constantly being brought into the public eye, UniteWomen.org decided to publicly stand in solidarity with Steubenville’s Jane Doe and the millions who have survived the heinous crime of rape.
The campaign is garnering high‐profile endorsements, as well as the support of women's and human rights organizations. More well-knowns are are sending their photos and statements, including activist Sandra Fluke, Jane Pratt, The Steubenville Blogger, Dr. Gilda Carle, Comedian Lois Bromfield, XOJane's Mandy Stadtmiller, Actress Sharon Gardner, Novelist Pat Bertram... and everyday women and men around the world who are survivors of rape, or supporters of rape survivors.
“The idea is to remove the shame and blame from victims and onto the perpetrators and those who participate in victim‐blaming,” said Renee Davis, Executive Vice President of Programs at UniteWomen.org. “The wrong people are on the receiving end of public stigma, and this has to change!”
Karen Teegarden, President and CEO of UniteWomen.org, says, “If we can stop one person from being raped by this ‘Unite Against Rape’ campaign, it will have been worth our time. This campaign features rape survivors, and those who support them, making bold statements against what is often referred to as our rape culture.”
To get involved, you only need to send a photo and brief statement:
Send: Photos and Statements To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Contact: Public.Relations@unitewomen.org
If You Need Immediate Help:
As a rape survivor, I stand with, Unite Against Rape, and all survivors of rape and sexual abuse.~Leslie Salzillo, Writer of this Daily Kos Dairy
Call: National Rape, Abuse, & Incest Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE