Saturday, September 24, 2016

Shoutout Saturday: #RedMyLips

Why #RedMyLips?

I honestly don't remember the first time I found this site. But what they do hit home. Hard. I'm a sexual assault and abuse survivor. And I don't want to be quiet about it anymore.

What They Do

Their mission statement: "To transform our culture of sexual violence by educating, inspiring, and mobilizing a global community to red their lips, raise their voices, and create real change."
Their History: "On the night of April 28, 2011, Red My Lips founder, Danielle Tansino, was out with friends. She was later isolated and raped by a childhood friend of her then-housemate.After filing a police report, and following a traumatic experience with the court system,she was told by a female district attorney that they would not prosecute because, “Jurors don’t like girls that drink.” 
In this moment, she realized it was not ‘the system’ that fails victims of sexual violence…we ALL do. We ARE the system. And almost more shocking than this realization was the response from friends and family who suggested that the attack was a mere “misunderstanding,” or attempted to frame it as a natural consequence of “not being careful enough.” Many others refused to hear or talk about it at all.
As a social worker, activist, and fighter for social justice, the silence and myths surrounding sexual violence fueled an intense outrage…an outrage that erupted in December of 2012 with the creation of Red My Lips."

Where You Can Find Them

My Personal #RedMyLips posts