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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to check out this previous Grab, because hey, here we are again. The GOP is going to try and ram another sexual predator down our throats, and this time the fellow is going to have his job - deciding the issues for all Americans - for the rest of his damned life. Isn’t that swell? If you think we sound a little angry, you’d be a lot right. The GOP appears to be deaf to the cries from the #MeToo movement, blind to the lessons of the Anita Hill testimony, and insensitive to the experiences of millions of survivors. It’s enough to make a girl want to scream or maybe rage-binge an entire sheet cake.

Instead of posting a pic under the hashtag #MeAt14, this time we’d just like you to donate to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. And if you need to, avail yourself of their resources. Help is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Time’s Up, Assholes

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Your DGB for today is to support the Time’s Up organization and its mission to help women in all sectors of society fight back against sexual assault, sexual harassment, the people who perpetrate it, and the people who enable it.

Unless the bomb cyclone took out your cable this weekend, you probably saw the parade of amazing women wearing black at the Golden Globes to bring attention to the ubiquitous problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, and rape culture at large. But more importantly than looking fierce on the red carpet, these women are using their relative privilege and wealth to help folks who have significantly fewer resources than your average celebrity: food service workers, farm workers, office drones, and everyone in between. They have started a legal defense fund that will “provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.” Successful women turning around and giving a hand up to others is the kind of thing that gives staffers at DGB the warm-fuzzies.

If you can afford to donate a few dollars to the fund, please do. If not, see how you can amplify the voices of activists and survivors via the #metoo and #timesup hashtags on social media. As Oprah said, “A new day is on the horizon, and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘me, too’ again.”

And please, if you or someone you know needs it, here is the number for RAINN’s national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

 

#MeAt14

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Your DGB for today is to post a picture on Twitter or Facebook, of you at age 14, with the hashtag #MeAt14.

Unless you completely tune out the news, you’ve likely heard the recent allegations against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, in which there are multiple claims of sexual relationships with teen girls, one as young as 14. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.d6d7b8537fbb

According to statistics, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will be sexually abused as children. 16% of girls will suffer abuse during the ages of 14-17. http://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics Monsters like Roy Moore will have you believe a 14 year old can consent. They can’t. It’s rape. Join the movement and post a picture of yourself at 14 and encourage others to talk about what we can do to stop childhood sexual abuse and the sexualization of teen girls.

You can also donate to organizations like RAINN.org https://donate.rainn.org, who offer support and counseling to victims of rape, assault, and incest. And lastly, if you need to report sexual abuse, please call 1-800-656-HOPE, and help end the abuse.