Posts in category "Volunteerism"

Some days you're the meatballs.

On Monday, I was contacted and asked to speak at a large event on Tuesday the 28th. It was the launch event for a major organization that works to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. I didn’t hear anything all week, until Friday, when I spoke with my contact and she told me... Read more »

Sexual Assault Myths: The Danger of Ignoring the Issue

Sexual Assault Myths: The Danger of Ignoring the Issue
My last two posts (which you can read here and here) have dealt with a specific topic, one in which a sworn police officer tacitly admitted that within the law enforcement community there was a culture of disbelief and incredulity about allegations of sexual assault. While this is not surprising information, I believe that it is... Read more »

Part Two: No one believed me.

Part Two: No one believed me.
You can read part one here. I excused myself during Toi Hutchinson’s speech, which was the final speech of the event. I was disappointed that I needed to leave because she was speaking so beautifully about her sister, who is a survivor, but I was shaking and I knew that I needed a moment to... Read more »
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Part One: I believe you.

Part One: I believe you.
Today, at the Illinois Attorney General sponsored Strengthening Campus Responses to Sexual Violence at UIC, which I attended as a DePaul student, I was sadly reminded of how little progress we’ve made in the battle against sexual violence. There was some productive discussion, but much of the content lacked real-world focus on what can be... Read more »

NO MORE PSA: "Speechless" :30 - Hilary Swank

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I have a love/disappointment relationship with celebrity activism. Mostly because while the celebrities are dressing up and attending galas the people who are actually doing the work are forgotten. I know many volunteers out there doing amazing work who deserve to be recognized, but do it quietly and often in dangerous circumstances. So, I get a... Read more »

NPR's Fresh Air Drops the Ball on Domestic Violence

I love listening to NPR, it’s on almost all day in my kitchen and I usually have it turned up to max volume so I can continue listening from where ever I am in my apartment. In addition to their intelligent, thoughtful programing, I find that their ideological platform aligns with my own and I... Read more »
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Dear Brentan: No one "asks for it."

Dear Brentan: No one "asks for it."
I read a post today by a young woman who was looking at her sexual assault from a decidedly spiritual angle. An interesting piece that I encourage you to read here. It was the title, ” ‘I Was Asking for It’: Another Way to Look at Rape,” that really pulled me in, I am always interested... Read more »

Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide Prevention Week
As I scroll through the 140 character sharings on Twitter tonight, I am sad to see the stories of people that have lost loved ones due to the horrific effects of depression, addiction, anxiety… (the list goes on and on) and suicide. Its truly sad how many people have lost loved ones and are left... Read more »

For Peter

I’ve been to three funerals this year. Sadly, only one was for a man who was buried by his wife, children, grand-children, and great grand-children, a man who had lived a long life; who had seen generations of his family grow and marry, had seen more generations born. Another was for a man who was killed... Read more »
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Volunteer from the Couch!

I received an email from EndtheBacklog.org today. It was a simple request, to write to my lawmakers and ask them to support President Obama’s request to allocate funds to help eradicate the hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits that are languishing in storage facilities all over the country. Why is this important?  The process of... Read more »