I have been so distant with updating the blog lately, and wanted to apologize for that. The holidays are crazy for everyone, that’s for sure. On top of that, I also had my last day of school for the semester this past Monday. Phew…am I glad that’s over!
In other news, I’m constantly inspired by women across the world. I recently watched the first part of Half the Sky on Netflix for the second time, and it makes me want to do huge things in this world for girls and women. If you haven’t seen it, I really can’t recommend it more. It’s vital information that everyone should know.
I read an article that reminded me of Half the Sky, how much oppression women face, and the things they do to speak out against it:
In New Delhi last weekend, a couple was tricked into getting on a bus they thought would take them home. Instead, two men had taken the off-duty bus, picked up the young man and woman, and brutally beat them both and raped the woman. She is in critical condition from the assault.
The attack enraged local men and women who live in what is known as the “rape capitol of India” so much that they immediately began protesting for the accountability of rapists. In speaking up, they received the attention from India officials who are now demanding the death penalty for rapists.
I’m not taking a side on the death penalty in writing about this, but rather pointing out the attention and (hopefully) the action that comes from speaking up. Our world unfortunately shares in the victim blaming that is all too common with survivors. One of the ways to combat this is to turn our attention to the rapist and hold them accountable for their actions.
I strive to be like these protestors and point out the injustices that survivors face every single day. Let’s continue to speak up in order to prevent future assaults.