We’ve seen this too many times to count. Reporters, columnists, everyday people commenting on rape, rape culture and then downplaying the victims. We must remember that terrible things happen to people, trauma happens, rape happens and we need to be here to support all victims. Not belittle them.
It’s comments like these from George Will that threaten victims and hurt them even more than they’ve already been hurt.
George Will: Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”
Washington Post columnist George Will doesn’t believe the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Instead he believes that liberals, feminists and other nefarious forces have conspired to turn being a rape survivor into a “coveted status that confers privileges.” As a result of this plot, “victims proliferate,” Will wrote in a weekend editorial that ran in the Washington Post and New York Post.
Further compounding the crisis of people coming forward about sexual assault to stay de rigueur is the fact that “capacious” definitions of sexual assault include forcible sexual penetration and nonconsensual sexual touching. Which is really very outrageous, according to Will. It is really very hard to understand why having your breasts or other parts of your body touched against your will should be frowned upon.
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June is PTSD Awareness Month and the month brings a lot of ideas, thoughts and emotions into all of us at PTSD United. While we are glad that the issue is receiving awareness, we also feel there is so much more that can be done. PTSD is a massive subject, affects millions of people, and there is still an insane amount of information to learn. These thoughts can be overwhelming.
So, when it seems like we are a drop in a large bucket, we look at huddl – the anonymous and free social network that we created a year ago. We go back to the basics and see that we are helping – by allowing people to help each other.
A few users have expressed what huddl means to them:
Anonymous User: “I tend to fall often, sometimes many times in one day, but I’m trying to come out of a deep and bad place. huddl helps me to keep getting back up, instead of giving up.”
Anonymous Response to above : “I fall constantly, and sometimes I need a hand getting up. huddl is that hand in a way I never imagined.”
The truth is, traumatic events happen and people everywhere are struggling to come to terms with those events. We all have pasts and we all could use a helping hand. Yet, too often people with “scary pasts”, “problems” or trauma are dismissed by others. Instead of dismissing, what if we all reached out? What if we all listened for a few minutes instead of not having enough time? What if we stopped talking about people that don’t seem to have their life completely in order?
The simplest notion of connecting with other people is how we are dealing with traumatic events. We created huddl to take on trauma from the ground up, to show everyone that they aren’t alone in their thoughts and bad days. And we made it easier to connect by having everyone be anonymous. Tragedy and trauma are not simple issues – but let’s go back to the basics: we all have the power to help those around us, it’s simple – connect.
If you would like to be inspired, or need a helping hand, please join us at www.huddl.org.