Grace Brown has photographed hundreds of survivors and received submissions from thousands more since starting Project Unbreakable in October 2011. Her images document the threatening, demeaning and downright misguided comments that sexual abusers use to torment and subdue their victims.
Some pictures capture a particularly haunting aspect of sexual victimization: so-called “corrective rape,” a hate crime used against LGBT people as punishment or in the belief that forcing them to have heterosexual sex will “cure” them of their homosexuality.
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Corrective rape happens in every country we need to stop acting as if it’s restricted to countries that fit into the narrative of ‘backwards’ countries.
This is horrific - Suzanna
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday signed a bill strengthening anti-bullying measures in schools, including protecting LGBT students.
The new law will require schools to track and investigate cases of bullying, as well as require school staff be trained in preventing bullying. It is enumerated to protect students who are targeted for anything from sexual orientation and gender identity to physical appearance and welfare status.
It was passed overnight after a long House debate and will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.
At Kenny Elementary School in Minneapolis, bullying prevention is already front and center.
“We have so many of these things in place right now,” said Bill Gibbs, the school’s principal.
Teachers already get positive behavior training, and students learn about bullying on their first day of school.
“We talk to the kids that we never tease anyone about where their family comes from, what their skin color is, whether boys like boys or boys like girls,” Gibbs said.
Awesome, awesome news for Minnesota. We’re well on our way to making this a national standard.
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
HARRY POTTER FANS, YOUR LETTERS ARE STILL OUT THERE. HAVE FAITH!
If I had to define hope to someone, I would show them this post.
Something to think about: The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Let’s scale that to 46 years. We have been here for 4 hours. Our industrial revolution began 1 minute ago. In that time, we have destroyed more than 50% of the world’s forests.