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Change US Culture

Have you heard about FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture? Their newest venture, the Monument Quilt, is stopping in Durham and is proudly being co-sponsored by REACH of Macon County. The Monument Quilt is traveling across the United States to help draw attention to survivors by telling their stories. We want to publicly support survivors, not publicly shame them. The Monument Quilt is starting a conversation to change Rape Culture in the United States. Will you join us in Durham at Central Park on August 24th?

What is Rape Prevention Education?

Rape Prevention Education focuses on primary prevention to teach people not to rape, as opposed to don’t get raped. This is an important narrative to stress, especially with young people as we live in a society that blames the victim.

Primary Prevention is when WE work to change the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of individuals and communities to stop first time occurrences of sexual violence BEFORE they happen.

Primary prevention is NOT taking self-defense classes, watching your drinks, carrying a weapon, or adhering to the buddy system. This is called RISK REDUCTION. While being careful and observant are important, they are not what prevents sexual violence from happening.

What will prevent sexual violence from happening is when we embrace a culture that values men AND women, and accepts that victims do not ask to be sexually assaulted nor are they to be blamed for their sexual assaults.
We live in a rape culture that sexually objectifies women and glorifies violence against women. Prevention is the important step WE take in finding a way to stop these acts from occurring at all.

In our classes at Franklin High School, we discuss aspects of healthy relationships, gender norms/stereotypes, conflict resolution, how to be an active bystander, sex trafficking, victim blaming, rape myths, misogyny of women in society/media, and many other engaging topics. In our classes at Macon Middle and Mountain View Intermediate, we discuss bullying and being an active bystander, as well as a little bit about healthy relationships.


Click this link for more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

Jeans 4 Justice @ Main Street Coffee & Tea, Downtown Franklin, NC!



Check out what happens when RPE teams up with Macon Middle School for the yearly Anti-Bullying Week!

This week long event features varying activities that engage students in anti-bullying prevention all week long, ending in a super fun-packed field day event with lots of games & food!


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Women In Politics?

Posted 5/7/2014

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This clip from NPR discusses the ways that women are often reluctant to run for office. Women, according to the audio clip and accompanying article, have to be asked repeatedly to run for office, and are unlikely to come up with the idea on their own. Many women are convinced they are not qualified to be politicans.In another portion of the "She Votes" series, women were found to be able to raise the same amount of campaign funds as their male counterparts. If funding is not the problem, what is? Research has found that women has  found that women are less confident in their own abilities than men. As our spotlight video shows, this has been proven using jeopardy contestants through the idea of "uptalk". As this clip says, women are "selecting themselves out" of leadership positions. Women are likely to need to be asked several times to run for office, meanwhile men are still more likely to be asked to run in the first place. 

This leads to a male-dominated government, which leads to male-driven policies and legislation that have very real effects on women day-to-day. How do we get more women to run for government? Take for example this story: Imagine you are walking along a river and you see a child floating down it, crying out for help. You jump in and save the child. A few minutes later, you see another child, jump in, and save them. Then another, and another, and this goes on for quite some time until you decide to go up the river to see why there are so many drowning children. There, you see a person pushing the children into the water. The logical thing to do in this situation would be to stop that person from pushing children into the river, instead of using all your own energy to constantly save all the children. While yes, it is important to save the children from drowning, it is a much better use of your time and resources to stop it at the cause.

In this situation, asking women to run for office is like jumping in the river. Boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem is stopping the person from pushing the children in the first place. If we ask women more, then yes! I am sure more women would run for office, but does that really solve the problem? Women are not coming up with "politican" on their own as a possible career choice. In order to make this happen, we have to boost the confidence of the average woman. Self-esteem is a powerful, necessary tool to success and we have to instill this from a young age.

Be sure to check back next week for self-esteem boosters and some awesome spoken-word videos!

-Ms. Mann 

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Welcome to Rape Prevention Education!

Posted 5/1/2014

This video was created by the NO MORE campaign to shed light on the importance of primary prevention, bystander intervention, and NO MORE ignoring the huge problem that is sexual assault and domestic violence.

As the new Rape Prevention Education coordinator, I am excited to get started! It is my hope that I can help this program grow in both its material and its scope. In this section, you can expect to find things from poetry to news articles to guest blog posts about things like body image, gender equity, cross-sectional feminism, domestic abuse and sexual assault, as well as fun things like gadgets and local happenings.

This week's spotlight video feature comes from the NO MORE campaign, which strives to break the silence of victims and to end violence. The NO MORE campaign utilizes actors and actresses from famous shows to draw attention, like Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU. By using this popular face often associated with domestic violence and sexual assault, they hope to gain attention and normalize discussing these difficult topics to encourage more victims to come forward and hopefully stop the cycle of abuse. These statistics from their website illuminate the importance of preventative education to stop the abuse that seems never-ending

  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

 These are the types of entries to check for biweekly on the blog. The spotlight will be featured at the top of my homepage, and then more in-depth information will be provided in this area.


Be sure to check back often to see what's new!

-Ms. Mann

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