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My Imperfect Rape

I created a Tumblr site called My Imperfect Rape after I sat down and wrote out the story of my own sexual abuse for the first time. I began writing a couple of years after it had happened looking for some validation. So many times I read stories in the media about rape and sexual abuse and they’re focused on pinpointing blame or finding shortcomings in the story. The reason I didn’t report my own abuse is

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Conversation with Sara Li of Project Consent

What prompted you to start project consent? This is always the hardest question for me to answer. I don’t know if there was a particular catalyst that prompted me to start Project Consent. It was just the overwhelming presence of rape culture that pushed me to do something, anything, to end it. It’s an issue that’s very close to my heart but more importantly, it’s an issue that impacts a lot of people. I saw

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This Is Who I am, And I Like Who I Am.

.I’m me. I’m myself, and myself is Ladan Savar. Officially I’ll be 16 by May…..16 years already? This may not seem like a lot to someone who’s 86, 25 or any other age, but a lot has happened throughout those years. Now I’m not going to start all the way from the beginning, because who knows how long this story will end up being. I’ll begin at the age of 12, around 6th grade, I

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She Never Gave Up

She’s tall, African American, she has dark hair and brown skin. This is all the information I’ve had a majority of my life to go off of about my mom. In middle school I learned her name. I have never met my mother or father. Since I was three days old I have been in the care of what I thought was my adoptive parent, Ms. Paulette Randall. I was abandoned on the steps of

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VS Show: No,Your Self Esteem Did Not Leave The Planet

Every year for one or two hours, we are reminded just how insanely we don’t compare when we watch the VS fashion show. We see Candice, Cara, and Karlie strut down the runway in their perfectly toned bodies. It makes us rethink our whole life,you wonder,“Was the Chipotle I ate today really necessary?” We decide that after tonight and after a tub of ice cream we start a new diet tomorrow. Our self-esteem flies out

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Don’t Stress Acceptance

In the stressful world of senior year, which includes college applications, SATs, ACTs, and APs, how can you not go CRAZY? The hardest dilemma that seniors battle is the impatience we face while waiting for decisions from colleges. Submitting the application is only half the battle, but what happens if you get that dreaded letter of denial? Take a deep breath, and don’t cry your eyes out. What the world forgets to tell you is

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The Agony of Defeat: My Experiences on the Brown-Ulman Campaign

By Autumn Grant Autumn is only seventeen, but is on the road to one day being a powerhouse in politics. Her list of accomplishes even had me sheepish, because in contrast I couldn’t compare even on my best day. She got the honor to volunteer on the Brown campaign, which she credits as being the most exciting time in her life. Read as she recounts the journey. I love politics and being a part of

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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

When you’re a teen and in a relationship, it’s everything. It can easily become your whole world, and you so fearlessly fall in love. But sometimes that perfect love that you’ve found isn’t so perfect. Sometimes that love breaks you down mentally and physically. Over 12 million people over the course of the year are victims of domestic violence. 12 million people. Those 12 million aren’t just adults and aren’t just women. It’s men and

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Abuse Isn’t Love

An Affinity reader was inspired by the article on teenage dating violence, that she was courgeous enough to share her story of being abused. She was brave enough to share her experience, and I thank her. I met Christie at orientation on my first day of university. I can’t say there was anything remarkable about our introduction, but when she added me on Facebook later that night I couldn’t help but notice that like myself,

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A Poem About..Pizza?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqMfHdoEEnE&hd=1 This amazing poem isn’t really about pizza, but it’s close enough, it is about loving yourself, and Ashley interpets it beautifully.

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