You Deserve… an End to Rape Culture

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Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

Take Back the NightApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On the University of Arizona campus we intensify our constant efforts to raise awareness of not only sexual violence but of the overall rape culture that supports such violence. Rape culture refers to the manner in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media condone, normalize, excuse, or encourage sexualized violence. These attitudes often take the form of victim blaming.

Just last week we held our Take Back the Night march and rally. With music, speakers, a resource fair, and an open mike survivor speak out, this was a moving and powerful event. I was so proud of all the survivors who spoke their truth and of the audience that held them with such compassion and support. It was truly an empowering and remarkable evening.

In the midst of this, we encountered a reminder of why we do what we do. A specific example of

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Gabon girl’s death sparks fears of ritual killings, Satanic attack survivor to testify, Delhi Rape: Man Arrested After Police Bribed Victim’s Family to Keep Quiet

Another ritual killing in Africa, massive Satanic ritual killing trial in South Africa – yet nothing in the National or International media unless you look for Africa.

Pretending ritual abuse and ritual killing don’t happen is nothing new
https://tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/ritual-abuse-media-lies/

Eassurvey's Weblog

Gabon girl’s death sparks fears of ritual killings
By Celia Lebur (AFP) – 4/20/13
LIBREVILLE — The discovery of a young girl’s body on a Libreville beach last month shocked the city and reignited the debate over ritual killings in Gabon, sparking outrage on social media sites and forcing President Ali Bongo Ondimba to react.
The young girl disappeared after going swimming. Her battered body was discovered the next day, several hundred metres away.

Her body was badly mutilated, and while there’s no proof she was the victim of a ritual killing, the fear of such crimes here has led to her case being widely publicised.
Ritual crimes are practised by secret sects involved in witchcraft. They usually involve taking a victim’s blood and certain parts of their body — eyes, eyelashes, ears, genitalia, tongue, lips, pieces of skin, the brain — which are supposed to bring health, riches, success…

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Suffolk: Sex offender commits horrific attack on child – after his treatment was cancelled due to ‘lack of resources’

Horrific sexual attack on child after paedophile’s treatement is stopped