(How) Can We Talk About Rape?

October 16th, 2013 (No Comments)

The fabric holding this nation together wears away with each passing second. What used to be the thread of principle is now replaced by consumption and consumerism. Such claims are not foreign to Dr. Kumi Silva, Assistant Professor of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. These statements were the topics of UNC’s roundtable discussion, (How) Can We Talk […]

“Mommy, What’s Rape?”

October 11th, 2013 (No Comments)

Whether your child hears the word rape in the news, reads it on the internet, or sees it on one of our materials, there are age-appropriate ways to talk to your child when he or she asks about it. However, even before this comes up in conversation, there are a few things parents can put […]

There Is Only One Line: Consent

October 3rd, 2013 (No Comments)

After spending some time abroad, I returned home to find that Robin Thicke’s summer hit Blurred Lines was a widespread phenomenon, gracing the radio waves of top 40 stations across the nation. With a catchy tune, nice beat, and memorable lines, more than once I caught myself singing along without quite considering the words I was saying […]

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and as it comes to a close, prevention efforts must continue. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among Americans. And according to the Suicide Prevention Center, for every suicide death, twelve others have been attempted. The number grows for victims of sexual assault and rape. Feeling powerless […]

The Wonders of Companionship

September 3rd, 2013 (No Comments)

I first heard about the opportunity to become a Companion in my Women’s Studies 101 class at UNC during spring of my first year in college. We went around the large lecture hall and students shared the various kinds of feminist community service they were involved in. One young woman spoke about her experience as […]

Living in a Rape Culture: A Primer

August 27th, 2013 (No Comments)

Being introduced to the concept of rape culture changed everything. It changed my understanding of television, music, jokes, laws, and even language. When asked to write a primer for rape culture, I assumed it would be a simple task. Surely, I had been using the term for years, since taking a Women’s Studies 101 course […]

The Intersection of Sexual Violence and Disability

August 13th, 2013 (No Comments)

It’s time to dive a bit deeper into the nuances of sexual violence and how it differentially affects certain groups of people. Although I’ve been involved in the anti-violence movement for about 5 years, something you may not know is that I’ve also done a lot of work to support folks in our community who […]

Punk Cuts to End Rape

July 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

A year ago on a warm night in June 2012, folks assembled into the house of the bold and brave Rachel Valentine to donate to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. When the number of donors reached a total of 50, Rachel’s friends brought out the clippers and gave Rachel a punk cut to remember. […]

Another Man Standing Against Sexual Violence

July 17th, 2013 (No Comments)

Despite supporting survivors, working against rape culture, and participating in the local feminist community for years, I had never really thought of myself as an activist or even as someone really worthy of speaking out. I felt unsure of myself, and didn’t want to be a know-it-all white guy speaking up just to feel important. […]

Call to Action! Proposed bill would de-fund sexual assault and DV agencies

May 14th, 2013 (No Comments)

Update: SB 664 was withdrawn in committee. Thank you for all your calls and emails to your representatives asking them to stand against this bill! However, the budget committee removed funding for displaced homemakers programs from the NC budget, which was one piece of SB 664. This would impact local agencies such as the Compass Center. […]

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