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Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational grassroots organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.
Join Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) for a special evening to celebrate a decade of girls’ leadership!
This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The purpose of the SAAM campaign is to increase awareness about sexual violence and to educate the public on how to prevent it. Sexual assault is a critical issue that affects a high percentage of women and girls on a daily basis; most of them unaware they’re being assaulted.
How do you know if you are being assaulted? Any form of sexual activity that you do not feel comfortable with or agree to is classed as sexual assault. This can include: unwanted touching, sexual comments, inappropriate gestures, and rape. There are many forms of sexual assault but generally, as stated before, it is any unwanted sexual behavior.
Here are the shocking statistics:
· Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
· Only 54% of sexual assaults are reported to the police.
· 44% of victims are under the age of 18.
· 2/3 of assaults are committed by an acquaintance.
One may ask why the public knows so little about this serious issue. It is happening daily and most women do not even know it. That is what this month is about; educating the US about the importance of distinguishing sexual assault. We, as a community, must prevent this problem and support the victims who have to deal with the long-term emotional effects of sexual assault. For some, these effects can be profound and the negative impact inflicted on them can affect them for the rest of their lives.
Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is honoring the importance of this issue by hosting an event that will feature living legend, Anita F. Hill, a professor of law and women’s studies. GGE is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the physical, psychological and social development of girls and women. In supporting GGE, you are supporting all victims of sexual assault.
Support Girls for Gender Equity by joining them on June 14, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society. We are hosting a cocktail reception honoring Anita Hill and celebrating ten years of girls’ leadership. Want tickets? Get them here.
Don’t miss this special evening!
Written by: Lauren Sophie Kearney
Lauren Sophie Kearney, born June 14, 1994 is an English writer, but currently lives in Bulgaria; she moved there when she was thirteen. She began writing at the age of fifteen; writing book reviews for a ‘Teen magazine’ known as Teen Voices. Her reviews were published both in print and online. The editor of the magazine noticed her talent which later led to Lauren being asked to critique an author’s manuscript.
Lauren, knowing she was serious about becoming a writer, applied for work experience with the top magazines, Top Santé and Glamour. The editors of both magazines were impressed with her work and she was chosen out of the hundreds that applied. Currently, Lauren writes for a Bulgarian magazine, Public Republic.