CALL TO ACTION
About one in six women in the United States is believed to be the victim of an attempted or completed rape. Although gender-based and sexual violence are often only acknowledged as women’s issues, one in ten rape victims is male. In India and China, marital rape is not a crime punishable by law. While rape has historically been used as a weapon of war around the world, it is also used as a way to "correct" the sexualities and identities of gender queer and gender non-conforming people. Moreover, millions of children and adults are victims of human trafficking and sex trafficking, in the United States and around the globe.
Recently, more people are openly speaking out about their experiences with gender-based and sexual violence, and this is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, not everyone has equal access to a platform through which they can tell their story, be heard, and be believed. Many survivors do not receive the support and validation they deserve from those around them and society as a whole. Minorities, marginalized groups, and individuals who experience sexual and/or gender-based violence are still being denied basic human rights.
Although we are beginning this project in Washington, D.C., we are hoping to expand the reach of the project. We welcome and hope to receive entries from people living all around the world. We hope that in expanding the scope of our project, we will meet people of different races, genders, ages, abilities, nationalities, backgrounds, and personalities and help them tell their stories.
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Marr, Rhuaridh. 2015. "Indian Families are using corrective rape to 'cure' gay children: Corrective rape is becoming an issue in India, with families attacking their gay children to 'cure' them". Metro Weekly. http://www.metroweekly.com/2015/06/indian-families-are-using-corrective-rape-to-cure-gay-children/
Taylor, Adam. 2015. "Why won’t India criminalize marital rape? Because marriage is sacrament, the government says ". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/04/30/why-wont-india-criminalize-marital-rape-because-marriage-is-sacrament-the-government-says/
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The National Center for Victims of Crime. 2015. "Child Sexual Abuse Statistics". https://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics