Hey guys! It's freezing here in Chicago, but we are coming even closer to finishing the film and getting the story out there. In the meantime, we've been seeing a lot of other groups getting out their own stories.
First one is from a few weeks ago - we read about a group of Native American women who created a graphic novel for girls and young women in their community who are raped. It's a group that doesn't often have a voice on these issues, but "Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races in the US and that more than one in three Native American women report having been raped during their lifetime."
The book is called What To Do When You’re Raped: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls and it is available for free online. It's incredibly sad that rape is so common in these communities (note the title "WHEN you're raped," not "IF you're raped...") but we do think this artistic way to help deal with it is cool. Many of the information and resources are applicable to all survivors, such as "The letter “F” is for: “It is not ever your fault. You did not ‘ask for it.’ You are not alone.”
Click here to download a free PDF.
You can read the full article from The Guardian here: Native American mothers ask: 'What do I tell my daughter when she is raped?
The next article we thought was important - and from a perspective we don't hear very often was a Huffington Post article, Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream. The article is about park rangers and other women in national parks who are sexually harassed or assaulted. The women are often in remote or secluded spaces, and the perpetrators can be men they work with, making it especially difficult to report. "In 2012 in Texas, members of the Parks and Wildlife Department complained about a “legacy” of racial and gender intolerance; only 8 percent of the state's 500 game wardens were women. In 2014, in California, female employees of the U.S. Forest Service filed a class-action lawsuit—the fourth in 35 years—over what they described as an egregious, long-standing culture of sexual harassment, disparity in hiring and promotion, and retaliation against those who complained."
The last article we have to share with you today is from NPR. It's another outlet for young women (and hopefully men!) - young adult novels. "Three new young adult novels about sexual assault are being released by major publishers this spring: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, Asking For It by Louise O'Neill and Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. Johnston says she's noticed a change in how today's young adult writers discuss consent.
"'It's something that authors are starting to name," [Author E.K. Johnston] explains. "Whether it's fantasy, whether it's contemporary, whether it's sci-fi — they're starting to actually say the words 'consent, 'rape,' 'permission,' 'yes,' 'no,' those kinds of things.'"
Teaching youth about these topics early on is vital to changing rape culture - we hope that some of these voices for young adults will help open minds and open dialogue.
Read the full article: When Talking About Sexual Consent, YA Books Can Be A Parent's Best Friend.
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