So you’re sitting around the table having a nice Friday night with your parents and adult siblings. Passing around the takeout containers, finding enough clean forks, and then, suddenly, the rape culture conversation starts.

A sister is discussing the community safety alerts that have been coming out recently at her college. Another asks what they’re for. Sister #1 says they’re pretty serious, robberies and rapes.

Sister #2: “Real rape or cry rape?”

*Ears perk up…what now?

Sister #1: No, it’s real rape. But we had someone cry rape one time last year.

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week logoSexual Assault Awareness Month, AKA SAAM, plays well with others. Here at the SAAM blog we’re always excited to have the opportunity to highlight other relevant topics and campaigns.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have one day where you don’t have to confront racist, sexist, harmful messages?  I had this thought recently as I was traveling for work.  I make it a point to try and catch the local news at least once while I am traveling in a different city.  It’s a good way to find out what importan

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little-girl-dressed-up-as-princessIt’s not what you think. Everybody knows that the beloved Disney princess genre has its problems.

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hand-squishing-play-dohI wish this was just a post about blogger’s block. Truth is, it’s a lot bigger than that. For a few months now, I’ve been struggling with this nagging feeling that I’m just not cool anymore. I don’t do cool things or get involved in things the way that I used to.

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Last Friday, February 14th, many celebrated a day of hearts, flowers and candy. Couples swooned and hearts filled with love. Yes, Valentine’s Day can be special for some, but to many it’s just another day.  The month of February however, is also American Heart Month. Most are probably aware that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women.

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New SAAM Products NSVRC has a new online store, and it’s stocked with products for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and beyond.

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Just Rural logoEver since I was a Children’s Advocate at a local sexual assault program (SAP), I’ve been hearing about the drama that exists between us and them. I didn’t understand it very well at first, because we had a great thing going with our local Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
 

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Super Bowl XLVIII is fading off into the distance, the last bit of confetti has been scraped off the field, and the hats and jerseys tucked away until next year. Some may go into hiding until August where they will wait impatiently for preseason. However, some may use this time to turn their need for sports watching else ware.

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Like many others, I spent a good chunk of my Sunday evening eating really good food and tuning in to my first football game of the season. After very scientifically using my baby’s preference for one of two toys set out in front of her on the living room floor to pick my team, I happily cheered for this year’s champions. Go Seattle! Also like many others, I settled in to consume some very expensive media. For your reading pleasure, I now offer my feminist recap of commercials from Super Bowl Weekend.

#DidntMaketheCut but #MadeMyCut

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