Feb. 26th, 2010

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Rape is wrong. It is always wrong. It is not sex. It is not deserved. It is not a weapon of war. In the United States, 1 and 4 women will be sexually assaulted by the time they leave college. This is unacceptable. In other countries, the number is even higher.

Mia ([livejournal.com profile] copperwise) wrote, "The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire, is the 12th largest country in the world, and the third largest on the African continent.

"Since 1996 East DRC has been in an ongoing civil war.

"One of the main tactics in this civil war is the attack on civilians by all participating opposing forces -- there are more than two "sides" in the conflict and all of them use the civilian population as their battlefield.

"And all of them rape."


Read the rest of her post here at her journal, and then take action. Talk about this. Talk about rape. Talk about why it is wrong.

Write to your congressmen and women. Demand the U.S. push for a stronger position from the United Nations.

Support organizations like V-Day or Doctors without Borders or UNICEF or Fistula Foundation—organizations that help these men and women and children.

Most of all, talk about rape in your own life. Tell your sons and daughters what rape is; teach them it is not okay. Talk about it in school with your friends, in health class or in history. Talk about it on your blog or livejournal. Stand up for victims and speak out against rapists.

If you can’t do it for the nameless, faceless victims, do it for me.

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