I am excited to begin a couple new projects in my anti-violence work.
On December 9th, my first blog on Rape in War – a small article and a list of 16 resources that range from international organizations, documentaries, books, and news articles will appear on The Pixel Project Website – 16 for 16 Days of Activism. I am proud to be part of the 16 for 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women. I have spent the last 6 years focused on running a local rape crisis center and centered on response and direct education for a small regional community. It was a great opportunity and learning element to turn my focus on sexual assault in the context of war and conflict. When looking at rape in communities, families, and organizations; you become focused on the known predator of interpersonal crime and address the issue of sexual assault with a single survivor and family. Sexual assault as a war crime brings home the link to larger issues of sexual assault as a part of society’s response to conflict. The numbers of victims becomes a global number and is staggering, the extended families as secondary survivors is even more staggering when looked at as a group. My research for this simple blog brought home the enormous amount of crime that accompanies war and conflict. Crime that is overlooked or ignored. The impact of trauma on the survivors, the families, and the community that will carry on is equally enormous and with the reduction of resources that happens in war, will be even more difficult to address and treat. The impact of these crimes will continue even when peace is obtained.
My other project is going to be a weekly short spot on my local radio station WRIR (Richmond Independent Radio). I begin taping this weekend with the spots to be starting after the New Year. I so look forward to sharing information on the social impact of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, trafficking) that are at epidemic levels in our communities. More to come!