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[24 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
Helene Is a Survivor, Not a Victim

Marie Targonski-O’Brien
United States/Democratic Republic of Congo
“…how can I possibly refer to someone like Helene as a victim when the only way I see her is as a survivor?”
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In The Democratic Republic of Congo, the voice of a woman is seldom heard. While the torment of rape and sexual violence ripples throughout a country stricken with conflict, victims, especially women, are left without the opportunity or resources to heal physically or mentally. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, and the complexities surrounding the politics of Congo, most people are hesitant …

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[24 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
On Talking About Sexual Assault and Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Roxanne Krystalli
Greece
“Regardless of whether Strauss-Kahn is innocent or guilty, I am frustrated by the way the conversation on sexual assault has been unfolding.”
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In a Greece that is crumbling under the recession, people are, perhaps understandably, looking to place blame. The IMF has been the recipient of lots of Greek anger and the recent sexual assault and attempted rape allegations against former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have prompted a conversation on not only finances and management, but also on victimization and personal integrity.
I am a Greek, a feminist, a specialist in gender-related …

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[24 Mar 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
Middle East’s Paradigm Shift: Rape is No Longer Accepted Here

Yvette Nahmia-Messinas
Israel
“Women and men of the Middle East condemn the rape of our bodies, the rape of our dignity and freedoms.”
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Former President of Israel Moshe Katsav was sentenced to seven years by the Tel Aviv District Court on March 22nd for two counts of rape and other sexual offenses against female employees. Once enjoying public acclaim and attention at the top of Israeli society, Katsav is now to enter prison in May.
What Katsav did on an individual level—forcing his body on his victims—is perpetrated by other male monarchs, despots, kings, …

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[15 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
City of Joy Brings Hope to the Women of Eastern Congo

Emmicki Roos
Canada
Emmicki Roos is passionate about ending sexual violence in conflict. She writes on her blog, “Together we can raise the awareness of sexual violence in conflict and push our governments to act. We all have a voice; we just have to make ourselves heard.”
Here, Emmicki raises her voice about V-day’s most recent project to support women survivors of sexual violence in the Congo.
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In the midst of systematic sexual violence — which makes the Democratic Republic of Congo a very difficult place to be a woman — a new …