Thank you to those who commented on my last post and shared their stories. It made me teary to read how many of us have gone through similar situations. I also truly appreciated and agree with Becky's comment about how it's not just about "no meaning no." It's about "only yes meaning yes." This is incredibly true, and it's a statement that I wish more people would embrace as we - as a society - try to fix this culture we've created of victim blaming.
I don't want to have to teach my daughter how NOT to be raped. I don't want to have to tell her my story, or your stories, to make her aware of what could happen. Yet, I can't depend on society to make a change when people have been operating one way for so long. What happened in Steubenville isn't unique. It happens every night, to young women all across this country. And we've yet to do something about it.
I'm beginning to wonder if we ever will.
There are a few big events coming up in the ALI community that I wanted to make sure all of you are aware of. These events have a profound impact on spreading awareness of our disease - so take note.
1. National Infertility Awareness Week begins exactly one month from today. If you're a blogger, especially, visit the Bloggers Unite page to see this year's theme. If you aren't a blogger, there are still many ways you can spread the word about infertility: on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed - you can even send email blasts to friends and family. This is the perfect opportunity to educate those around you about what we fight for. (Also, check out the NIAW video. It will move you to tears!)
2. Advocacy Day is approaching fast. If you haven't registered, do it today! If you're unsure about coming or if you still have questions, check out this Google Hangout video RESOLVE put together about the event. (Hint: You might see a few familiar faces.) Hope to see all of you there!
3. RESOLVE's Walk of Hope is coming to several different cities this year. If you live near Scottsdale, AZ, Houston, TX, or Washington DC, check out the Walk of Hope page and find out how you can get involved with this amazing event. If you don't live near these cities, consider donating to a participant. Funds raised support local RESOLVE programming, including support groups,educational events, public awareness initiatives, and advocacy efforts.
Let's get involved and have our voices heard.