In the month of November, the guys have MOvember to change the face of men's health, now women have Red My Lips to raise awareness about sexual violence and to speak out against victim blaming.
Did you know...?
- 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- In Canada, for every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to police.
- Sexual assault isn't gender specific, men can be sexually assaulted as well.
In December 2012, Danielle Tansino created the Red My Lips campaign. Through her own experience, she saw how victims of sexual assault are often blamed and that damaging myths (i.e. she let her guard down, she wore revealing clothes, she had too much to drink, she was really made up, etc.) perpetuated.
So, I'm doing my small part in raising awareness. I shared with my students the Red My Lips website, and told them that I am wearing red lipstick all this month to show my support. And tonight, at Parent Teacher Interviews, I will be wearing my red lipstick with a Red My Lips flyer behind me. I believe acts of domination, entitlement and violence over anyone, male or female, is wrong....and so, I wear red.
They say the first step to change is awareness; my lips are red, not out of vanity but for visibility, and I'm sharing that respect is not only important, but a human right.
Can you help spread the word? Maybe red lipstick isn't your thing. How about a photo of you and a sign you created? A photo of you with red lipstick kisses all over your face? Red painted fingernails and toenails? Heck, why not talk about it? So...what is your plan to help raise awareness? I'm listening...