In a recent article Matthew Peyton wrote about a U.K. barrister’s position that conversations about accountability for rape are sanitized. She expressed the opinion that victims hold some moral responsibility for the rapes perpetrated against them. I call this victim-blaming. As such, I’ve decided to rewrite this commentary.

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Are you rising today? Are you joining the 1 Billion? Typically, Valentine’s Day festivities make me a little nauseous. I’m a big fan of V-day--don’t get me wrong!

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When was the last time you asked for a raise?

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Some of you may be snorting…or laughing…or completely dismayed by this question. You may be working at organizations that “don’t have it in the budget this year” or “have to ask staff to take a cut to keep everyone on” or, most recently, “the government shutdown will prevent your funds from being disbursed.”

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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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People I love experienced some of the most devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week.

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Marine saluting flagMonday evening I spoke at a film screening of the Invisible War at Clarion University.

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rainbow-bowlsLast week I had my first chance to attend PCAR's LGBTQ Summit. In its second year the summit theme was "Bringing Sexual Violence Out of the Closet." Leading up, I was so excited for this learning opportunity because we built it like none other I've experienced.

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person in hammock on beachHaving blogged about addressing common trauma response symptoms in the past, it’s clear to me that vacations are a pivotal part of anti-violence activism.

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ball-and-chainThe Walk Free Foundation recently released its very first Global Slavery Index. This report documents the prevalence of modern day slavery across 162 countries worldwide.

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I just don’t know what to think about the Grammys, Macklemore, and cultural appropriation. Every time I try to get it all down, I end up changing my mind about something. Each article I read, tweet I consider, and song I enjoy, my heart is turned in a new direction.

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