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My truth is my weapon.

by One Student co-founder Kelly Addington

 

Twitter trolls and the media’s role have me second guessing my facts.

The details are daunting

They come at me like an eerie blur each time my eyes close 

Reality? I lost that the night he raped me and might never get it back.

 

Truth is my weapon, but it’s pointed at me.

No matter what I say, you hear what you want.

 

Deny me, defy me, blame me or shame me.

Feel better now?  

That won’t make the truth go away.  

 

Proof, you ask?

No, I don’t have that.

 

He said, she said?

I say, its bullshit.

 

What does it matter, you don’t hear me, your mind is full. 

The judgment, the questions, the lack of respect

My truth is the truth.

For now, I’ll keep it to myself.

 

But, what I will say is this,

I’m a sister. I’m a daughter. I’m an Aunt.  I’m a friend.

Have one of those?

What’s her truth?

 

 

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There Are Too Many Jackies

Annie E. Clark co-founder of End Rape on Campus BuzzFeed post on why the Rolling Stone retraction affects all survivors of sexual assault

Eggs with cheddar cheese. Pepper and garlic salt. I was eating lightly scrambled eggs when the news of the Rolling Stone “retraction” of a highly publicized gang rape hit all of our Facebooks and Twitters on Friday. On the West Coast it was about 10 a.m. (It was a very late breakfast day.) If only there would have been bacon. Maple bacon. Maybe maple bacon would have been enough to wish the day away.

I was called and emailed by various media sources within a matter of minutes of the news hitting the internet. As a public survivor of rape, media outlets wanted quotes. Some wanted sit down TV interviews about why false rape allegations happen (they don’t any more than false reports of other crimes, according to the FBI and other sources). Some wanted to know “why survivors lie” (we don’t; rape reporting isn’t a leisurely, pleasant pastime). And they wanted these interviews immediately.

This all makes sense from a media perspective. No one wants to publish anything mediocre on Friday afternoon. If a media source published something it had to be immediate and sensational.

But this didn’t make sense for me. I needed to breathe. Read More »

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Nail Polish to the Rescue?

Nail Polish from Sephora[1]by One Student co-founder Kelly Addington

Several friends have publicly and privately shared with me the recent story about a team of four students at North Carolina State University that are working to develop nail polish to detect drugs commonly used to facilitate sexual assault. While I appreciate that their goal is to help empower and protect women, I’m generally not a big fan of these types of tools. Rapists are in fact using Rohypnol and GHB to facilitate rape, so having the ability to detect these drugs in an easy and stylish manner is a good thing, but it takes the focus away from the number one drug used to facilitate rape, which is alcohol.

At the very least, the nail polish is a great conversation starter and I believe the best way to help reduce sexual violence is through discussion that inspires action. The nail polish may be a useful accessory, especially if it’s available in fun fresh colors, but it should be paired with education, on-going conversations with your peer group, a designated sober person and intuition (it’s a bad mama-jama in a good way). Speaking of education, I really wish the media outlets that are covering this story would stop using the term “date rape.” It’s an archaic term and it’s offensive. Drug facilitated rape is the appropriate term. Or if they really want to keep it real, call it what it is, rape.

One Student has a one-page resource dedicated to protecting yourself and your friends from drug facilitated assaults. Please check it out and pass it on. Thanks for sharing and thanks for helping us get important conversations like this started.

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Seeking Production Fellows

Do you have a story to tell? Are you ready to inspire the next great conversation about social change? Do you want to challenge people’s thoughts about sexual assault, gender-based violence prevention, healthy relationships, social justice and sexual empowerment?

One Student is seeking talented students with film and media experience to help develop and produce fresh and positive social norm videos that support the mission of the organization. Students may apply in teams, use the project for academic credit and will retain shared ownership of all completed works. Production Fellows will receive professional guidance, coaching, a modest supply budget and stipend to be paid upon conclusion of project. Completed works will be distributed globally, screened at national events and made available to hundreds of universities, nonprofits and community organizations.

MISSION: One Student is a nonprofit organization that provides students and their allies with programs, resources and opportunities to address sexual violence.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Responsible for developing concept(s), storyline, scripting, production timeline and creation of an educational video that supports the mission of the organization. Projects must be no more than 5 minutes in length, include positive and inclusive language with a primary focus on areas within the scope of One Student resources– sexual assault awareness, gender-based violence prevention, healthy relationships and sexual empowerment. Fellows are also responsible for securing and managing all volunteers, space and equipment needed to produce the finished product.

To see current One Student educational campaigns visit www.OneStudent.org/campaigns  

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for one of two fellowships being offered for the fall 2014 term, please submit the following:

  • Cover page that includes your name, campus, major, anticipated graduation date, phone number and email
  • Snapshot of your involvement on campus/ in your community (a resume is fine)
  • Sample(s) of your work
  • Short statement (up to 250 words) sharing why you’re interested in this position and what makes you the ideal candidate

Email to becca@onestudent.org with subject line: “production fellowship”

Application deadline for fall 2014 Production Fellowship is Friday, September 12 at 11pm PST

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  • If you are a survivor of sexual assault seeking assistance, please contact your
    Campus or Community Rape Crisis Center, Campus Advocate or Counseling Center
    or contact one of these National resources:


    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
    1-877-739-3895

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