So I’m pretty late in finding out about this, but better late than never, right? (Warning: The following may contain minor triggers.)
I was surfing through my favourite feminist-themed forum today, and came across a post informing others about the Silence Is The Enemy blog movement. The people behind this are working to spread information on the mass rape of young girls and women taking place in Liberia and around the world. Some blogs are donating all their profits from this month to Doctors Without Borders, while other people are writing letters to Congress, speaking up at community meetings, or just clicking on the links to said blogs to increase revenue and help to spread the word.
From the original blog post on the movement:
In regions where fighting has formally ended, rape continues to be used as a weapon. As Nicholas Kristof recently wrote from West Africa, ‘it has been easier to get men to relinquish their guns than their sense of sexual entitlement.’ The war has shattered norms, training some men to think that ‘when they want sex, they need simply to overpower a girl.’ An International Rescue Committee survey suggests 12 percent of girls aged 17 and under acknowledged having been sexually abused in some way over the previous 18 months. Further, of the 275 new sexual violence cases treated Jan-April by Doctors Without Borders, 28 percent involve children aged 4 or younger, and 33 percent involve children aged 5 through 12. That’s 61% age 12 or under. We read about their plight and see the figures, but it’s so easy to feel helpless to act in isolation. But these are not statistics, they are girls. Together we can do more. Mass rape persists because of inertia so let’s create momentum.
Here’s the link for the original post that started it all:
(Remember, just clicking on that link will help the cause.)
List of the blogger coalition taking part:
The Facebook group:
Even if it’s just to click on links to the blogs donating profits, even if it’s just to pass on the links to help spread the word. Please. Help raise awareness for the terrible tragedies taking place even as you read this.