Violence

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I am a social activist.

No really. All sass aside I’m a social activist. I yearn better.

Not for myself, but for so many people out there.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

It’s a good month.

I just so happen to be a part of this awesome social activist group and we took a stand against violence.

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Those flags represent 1/6 of the female population currently attending my university (1102 Red flags to be exact). The reason we put up all these flags is because 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Which means those are the survivors on our campus that will be affected by sexual assault in their lifetime.

That is a lot of flags.

Too many flags.

So we have to do something to stop the violence right?

Yes.

Here’s what you can do.

You can sign this Change.org petition – http://www.change.org/petitions/join-in-support-of-the-violence-against-women-act

You can know that you are not alone and you can help others know that they are not alone.

Lastly. When you see a woman in a short skirt or heading out to the bar don’t look at her and tell her she should be more careful. Turn to the great guy next to you and say, “We should respect women more.” When we respect women more as a culture we lower our rates of sexual assault. Because one of the first thoughts of violence is making someone less than human.

Then what you do is you turn the conversation from the victims or survivors and start talking to the attackers. Why do we live in a society where sexual assault is perpetuated?

Let’s start more conservations like that.

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-Tomato wants you to know it’s not your fault.