"Girl Code 101" - Blythe Baird
(Button Poetry) Blythe Baird performs for Chicago at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Like it? Check out Sierra DeMulder's vaginal "The Tampon Poem" or Britteney Conner's "Consent."
|Rape survivor Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia Univ., has inspired protests across U.S.|
|Sir, I didn't know I signed up to be raped by fellow soldiers, sir! - Well, live 'n learn, private.|
|WARNING: Fierce language! (Button)|
"Rape Poem To End All Rape Poems"
(Rutgers University Poetry Slam Team, Mar. 20, 2014): Justice Hehir, Lindsey Michelle Williams, Kate Thomas, and Lillie Hannon. Contact team on Facebook. TRANSCRIPT
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U.S. females attacked by fellow soldiers
"It was eight years before I was able to say the word that describes what happened to me," explains Maricella Guzman. "I hadn't even been in the Navy a month. I was so young. I tried to report it. But instead of being taken seriously, I was forced to do push-ups."
"I can't sleep without drugs," says Kate Weber. "But even then, I often wake up in the middle of the night, crying, my mind racing. And I lie there awake in the dark, reliving the rape, looking for a second chance for it to end with a different outcome, but he always wins."
Rape within the U.S. military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. So great is the issue that a group of veterans is suing the Pentagon to force reform.
The lawsuit, which includes three men and 25 women (the suit initially involved 17 plaintiffs but grew to 28) who claim to have been subjected to sexual assaults while serving in the armed forces, blames former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates for a culture of punishment against the women and men who report sex crimes and a failure to prosecute the offenders. More