A collective of survivors and activists use their creativity to spread the story of the woman who was brutally raped and killed in a bus by 5 men and 1 juvenile in Delhi back in December 2012. A theatrical response is being lead by actress, Poorna Jagannanthan, who thought, "Silence is what actually holds the violence in place; silence is what normalizes the violence." This violent assault and murder affected many of us throughout the world, but inspired many women in India to speak up about their experiences of violence and intimidation within their own culture. The play , called "Nirbhaya" (meaning "fearless") premiered at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival in August 2013 and received Amnesty International's Freedom of Expression Award raising money through Kickstarter and institutions like Oxfam and the Ford Foundation. Now with funds and popularity, the play has debuted this week in Mumbai. Read the whole story here.
Local (DC) organization, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) talks to NPR in this piece about their initiative for bystander education and prevention of sexual assaults in bars, Safe Bars. This piece was a follow up to a previous article that raised a lot of concerns, in which a study found that most men who are sexually aggressive in bars aren't just behaving badly because they are intoxicated, they are usually there specifically to prey on intoxicated women. This is obviously disturbing, but also not surprising to those who understand that rape is not typically an "oops I was too drunk to know better/control myself," mistake, but is an intentional act of predation and violence committed by rapists within the context of a society that passively and actively condones that behavior. Kudos to CASS for their progressive work with Safe Bars
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