Monday, October 12, 2009

Rape Is Rape

On Saturday, October 10, rallies were held in front of movie theatres across the country and abroad in response to the startling media and Hollywood support of Roman Polanski, the film director convicted of sexual assault and fleeing the country. These powerful demonstrations are part of a global campaign, Rape IS Rape.

Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), the sponsor of this campaign, held the event to combat the support for sexual assault perpetrators:

According to the US Department of Justice, every two minutes someone in the U.S.
is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes,
with 60% still being left unreported. The outcry of support for a sexual assault
perpetrator is a strong message we are sending out to victims across the country
that they will be forever silenced and blamed for these atrocious acts.

Did you go to these protests? If so, please share your experiences. If you haven't signed the petition yet, you can sign it here.

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