“Many hands make light work” – that’s a phrase you don’t hear enough, right?  If we’re being honest, sometimes many hands also make quite a mess of things.   As someone who tends to want to do things for herself with little help, I sometimes find the collaborative nature of our work to be a bit challenging.  I

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path-victim-survivor-quoteIn reflecting on the power and process of reclaiming words in an oppressive system, it only seems fitting to spend some time talking about movement-specific words and the choice to use them or avoid

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In systems of oppression, it’s common to use words to degrade or breakdown members of the oppressed group. Working to dismantle these systems may involve efforts to reclaim a word. While this has happened time and again in a variety of outlets, it seems like there is never consensus on whether or not reclaiming words is appropriate. I thought I’d spend some time presenting a few of these words and a bit about their reclamation.

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School supplies with text "back 2 school"Are you excited about fall? I am a lover of summer, but the cooler weather that is sweeping us toward a new season has been beautiful.
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Woman-applying-makeup-mirror-imageA comment thread on the NSVRC Facebook page got me thinking. This isn’t new…our Facebook community is always making me think. Smart folks!

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the National Sexual Assault Conference in L.A.  It’s not often that you get the chance to be surrounded by 1,400 colleagues/friends/fellow anti-sexual violence activists/advocates/preventionists.  What a great way to spend the week, not to mention the fact that we got to soak up the glorious California sunshine. 

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The morning plenary session at the National Sexual Assault Conference erupted in a group chant that sent chills up my spine. "Si se puede!" led by speaker Dolores Huerta. The power of 1400 voices rising together, believing that ending sexual violence is possible, made the struggles, frustrations, and doubts throughout the year worthwhile.

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Image of SAAM 2014 logo surrounded by speech bubbles. Reads: "It's time to talk about it. Your voice. Our future. Prevent sexual violence."

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I’ve been following the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on Twitter since learning that it was trending. I am not going to try to explain it. I think it’s pretty straightforward. I don’t think I have the right to analyze it. That’s not the point. I’m bringing it to a blog platform at the NSVRC because I think it’s the right thing to do. The anti-sexual violence movement grew out of the a feminist movement.

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