This month, the Bangor Daily News has been running daily Op Eds about sexual assault awareness, prevention, and education from groups and individuals throughout the state of Maine. We’ve heard from board members from non-profit groups, staff members at various in-state organizations, police officers, nurses and many more. We were thrilled to be a part of 2013’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and part of the larger conversation that happened here in Portland and beyond. From our performance at Planned Parenthood on the 11th to the annual Take Back the Night rally and march on the 26th, we were honored to be a part of this community’s challenge to end sexual sexual assault.
Below is a list of the Op Eds that were published throughout the month, including one from our Producer, Shana on April 29th. We encourage you to browse through this list and read the thoughts of people in our community, locally and state-wide, who are working to end sexual assault.
- On Guard against sexual violence: http://arguably.bangordailynews.com/2013/03/29/people/on-guard-against-sexual-violence/
- When victims of sexual assault see justice: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/03/31/opinion/when-victims-of-sexual-assault-see-justice/
- (This title is misleading, but): Maine’s only sexual violence educator calls for cultural change: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/01/opinion/maines-only-male-sexual-violence-educator-calls-for-cultural-change/
- Complacency about domestic and sexual violence equals complicity: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/02/opinion/complacency-about-domestic-and-sexual-violence-equals-complicity/
- Helping sexual assault survivors: It’s their story, not ours: http://arguably.bangordailynews.com/2013/04/05/people/helping-sexual-assault-survivors-its-their-story-not-ours/
- How the military is slowly overcoming a history of sexual violence: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/07/opinion/how-the-military-is-slowly-overcoming-a-history-of-sexual-violence/
- How to support a victim of child sexual abuse: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/08/opinion/contributors/how-to-support-a-victim-of-child-sexual-abuse/
- The complex reality of preventing, responding to sexual violence: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/09/opinion/the-complex-reality-of-preventing-responding-to-sexual-violence/
- Get outraged about sexual assault: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/10/opinion/get-outraged-about-sexual-assault/
- The challenge of overcoming sexual violence in small communities: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/11/opinion/the-challenge-of-overcoming-sexual-violence-in-small-communities/
- Hospital procedures, though scary, can help sexual assault survivors heal, regain control: http://arguably.bangordailynews.com/2013/04/12/people/hospital-procedures-though-scary-can-help-sexual-assault-survivors-heal-regain-control/
- Lessons learned after sexual exploitation of Deaf students in Maine: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/14/opinion/lessons-learned-after-sexual-exploitation-of-deaf-students-in-maine/
- When will men stand up to violence? http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/15/opinion/when-will-men-stand-up-to-violence/
- Best responses to sexual assaults focus on the victim: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/16/opinion/best-responses-to-sexual-assaults-focus-on-the-victim/
- Healthy sexuality starts with communication, respect: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/17/opinion/healthy-sexuality-starts-with-communication-respect/
- Listen up: Sexual violence does not discriminate: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/18/opinion/listen-up-sexual-violence-does-not-discriminate/
- Collective trauma: Its impact and how we heal: http://arguably.bangordailynews.com/2013/04/19/people/collective-trauma-its-impact-and-how-we-heal/
- Dear service provider: I’m gay: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/20/opinion/dear-service-provider-im-gay/
- The sex offenders you don’t know: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/22/opinion/the-sex-offenders-you-dont-know/
- Through a nurse’s eyes: Caring for sexual assault victims: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/23/opinion/contributors/through-a-nurses-eyes-caring-for-sexual-assault-victims/
- Understanding the needs of male sexual assault victims: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/24/opinion/contributors/understanding-the-needs-of-male-sexual-assault-victims/
- Do you catcall women as they walk down the street? http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/25/opinion/do-you-catcall-women-as-they-walk-down-the-street/
- Talking to Maine children about child abuse: http://arguably.bangordailynews.com/2013/04/26/people/talking-to-maine-children-about-child-abuse/
- Let’s talk about sex: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/29/opinion/contributors/lets-talk-about-sex/
- The lives of sex trafficking victims in Maine: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/30/opinion/the-lives-of-sex-trafficking-victims-in-maine/
As Shana said in her piece, April and August/September are all big months for conversations around sexual assault education and prevention, as we concentrate our performances typically during college orientation. However, this leaves nine months out of the year where dialogue isn’t concentrated. There is no on- or off-season for sexual assault, and there are things we can do year-round to keep the conversation going. Keep telling your stories, and listening when people share their. Watch out for friends at parties or bars. Ask for and get consent, talk about what consent means, and talk about it with your friends and partners. Don’t let the conversation end when this month ends.
We’re thrilled to announce LOVE LIKE WHOA – A Night of Music to Benefit Speak About It. We’re proud to partner with Gentle Hex Collective to put on an event as part of V-Day’s One Billion Rising campaign this year to raise awareness and encourage prevention of sexual violence against women. Taken from their website,
One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.
ONE BILLION RISING IS:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being
So, let’s start dancing! We are featuring two amazing musicians who will provide the tunes to move the night, and local vendors will be there to keep your eyes busy while your hips move and your ears dance. That’s right, local music, local crafts, local support for Speak About It. Sounds like an awesome way to spend Valentine’s Day. Keep checking back for more information about this event, including songs to dance to and reflections from current Speak About It actors.
Not in the Portland, ME area? That’s ok! Check out the One Billion Rising website to find an event in your area. They’re all over the world.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Portland, Maine February 14th–Portland Flea-For-All hosts a Valentine’s concert and night market featuring 30+ local vendors. This event features the two faces from the New England post-folk music scene, Laura Cortese & Dietrich Strause.
Part of Cortese’s current Eastern US tour with a changing cast of guest musicians, this lively acoustic show will be set amongst the industrial-chic architecture Portland Flea For All. Night Market vendors bring a hip mix of local art, crafts & vintage goods.
Proceeds from the by-donation event support Portland’s Speak About It, a performance-based presentation about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. Speak About It will be present at the event promoting their organization.
LOVE LIKE WHOA is part of the One Billion Rising project, a single-day global action, consisting primarily of dance strikes, aimed at raising awareness of violence towards women and girls.
Portland Flea-For-All is a market featuring local vendors selling handmade, vintage & antique wares. Located at 125 Kennebec St, Portland, ME. Market operates on weekends & hosts a variety of community events.
LOVE LIKE WHOA is sponsored by Gentle Hex Collective, a local company producing artist-designed, handmade goods.