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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Silence Is The Enemy

WARNING: This entry, and many of its links, contain descriptions and information about sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Today, while reading Ed Brayton's blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, I came across an entry called Silence is the Enemy: Rape in Africa. Having heard about this a few months ago, I read the blog and was directed to the Discovery Magazine's blog, Intersection.

Read it, get involved, support Doctors Without Borders, join the Facebook group, frequent the blogs that support the doctors who are in the field treating the survivors.

Here's part of the original post from Intersection, written by Sheril Kirshenbaum.
Today begins a very important initiative called Silence Is The Enemy to help a generation of young women half a world away.Why? Because they are our sisters and children–the victims of sexual abuse who don’t have the means to ask for help. We have power in our words and influence. Along with our audience, we’re able to speak for them. I’m asking all of you–bloggers, writers, teachers, and concerned citizens–to use whatever platform you have to call for an end to the rape and abuse of women and girls in Liberia and around the world.
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