I don't have a lot of right to talk about rape. I am not a victim or a scholar on the matter. But I am a woman, and my safety is in danger every day as soon as I step outside. I fear for my safety in town, on campus, at night, and even in my own home. No matter how many pepper sprays I have (one on my keys, one next to my door, and one by my bed), I am practically powerless against a large male attacker.
I can take endless precautions and self-defense classes, but that's not how this issue should be resolved. The attacks need to stop. I am sickened that a woman was raped on my campus. I am sickened that some people do not consider rape legitimate if the victim had been drinking. I am sickened that the institutions around me are not doing enough to protect me or my peers.
|Safe in the Dark Rally|
We have heard all the advice before: don't walk alone at night, don't take a drink from a stranger,
Here are a few of my favorite photos of red and love that I took today and throughout the past year.
Happy Valentine's Day!
|Spare Some Change - Santa Cruz, CA|
|Blind Love - Santa Cruz, CA|
|Guardian - Santa Cruz, CA|
|There is Always Love - Washington, DC|
|There is Always Beer - Washington, DC|
|V-Day - New York City, New York|
|Rouge - Santa Cruz, CA|