Patricia Gil, Executive VP of Operations at UniteWomen.org. explains,
“Unite Against Rape was conceived to honor the survivors who feel they carry a stigma of rape. With the recent trial in Steubenville fresh in the minds of Americans, and cases of rape survivors committing suicide appearing all over the media, UniteWomen.org decided to publicly stand in solidarity with Jane Doe and millions of other rape survivors. We wanted to give them the means to share their voices.”
Karen Teegarden, President of UniteWomen.org, adds,
“So many individuals, groups and organizations have joined in creating awareness of this epidemic. Together we WILL make a difference.”
Sarah Warfield Murrill, UniteWomen.org’s National Director of Creative Development, noted,
“Many of the submissions have been from survivors who are ready to shed their shame and publicly condemn rape culture.” All photos are submitted by those who want to take a stand against rape, and support rape survivors/victims. UniteWomen.org is posting the photo quotes on their Facebook page and on their web site.
According to Shannon Fisher, National Director of PR for UniteWomen.org,
“We need to increase the public’s understanding of the epidemic of rape in our culture. This conversation desperately needs to happen – both in public and in private. ‘Unite Against Rape’ isn’t just a slogan; it is a theme that must permeate society in order to alter the collective apathy towards rape.”
UniteWomen.org has a Social Media reach of nearly 20 million people worldwide, and they are holding a reception in Richmond, Virginia on April 28, 2013 to celebrate the anniversary of their 55 simultaneous women’s rights rallies nationwide in 2012. The reception in Richmond will be live?streamed on the Internet to gatherings of UniteWomen.org members around the country. Sandra Fluke will be the keynote speaker.
Well-known supporters include:
Comedians: Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho, Annabelle Gurwitch and Lois Bromfield, Political Activists: Social Justice Advocate, Sandra Fluke, Athletes: Olympic Sprinter, Drew Reyes and Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Tackle, Ronnie Cameron,Musicians: Courtney Love, Social and Political Commentators: Meghan McCain, Alexandria Goddard (Steubenville Blogger), Leslie Salzillo, Kimberley A. Johnson and Tanya Tatum Members of the XOJane Team: Jane Pratt, Mandy Stadtmiller, Alison Freer, Marci Robin and Julia Allison, Actors: Yuri Lowenthall, Pia Glenn and Sharon Gardner, Artists: Tormented Sugar, Writers and Producers: Herman Williams, III and Michele Rolle, Military Members: Executive Director of the Military Rape Crisis Center, Panayiota Bertzikis,Celebrity Relationship Experts: Dr. Gilda Carle and Dr. Sheri Meyers, Lawmakers: Senator Kaine (D-VA), Senator Warner (D-VA).
As a rape survivor, I stand with, Unite Against Rape, and support all rape and sexual assault victims/survivors. ~Leslie Salzillo