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Apr

thetrevorproject:

Love this!

You being you is the most beautiful!! Happy Friday.

thetrevorproject:

Love this!

You being you is the most beautiful!! Happy Friday.

10

Apr

It’s time to talk about it…Es tiempo de hablar. No matter how you say it it’s time! YOUR voice, OUR future, Prevent Sexual Violence. 

Spread the word! Its National SAAM month. For more information on SAAM or on how you can raise awareness in your community, with friends, or just using social media click here. 

Spread the word! Its National SAAM month. For more information on SAAM or on how you can raise awareness in your community, with friends, or just using social media click here

A Conversation We Want to Start…30 Days of SAAM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center has launched 30 Days of SAAM. Today is “A Conversion I Want to Start” and the conversation we want to start this month is that we love and stand with survivors of sexual violence. 

Check out these pictures of students from Columbia University who showed crazy love with survivors. 

26

Mar

Keep It Equal Ya'll

Click on the title and check out this video our Orr students did about gender stereotypes. 

No More Week 2014 

We celebrated No MORE Week 2014 (3/17-3/211). Standing with many others, we wrote poetry and blog posts about us saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual abuse. Here’s one of our poems from a student at Orr. 

Dark Manners

WC, Age 17, Orr Academy HS

The darkness in this light goes underseen,
and the light that hides the dark is too beautiful for the blind to see.
He wears her down and makes her frown.
She split tears from her eyes, and the pain she feels is affected more from the inside
He says he loves her,  yet, he takes away her pride. 
His fist might just be a situation blown out of proportion, 
His words that speak “I’m sorry” might just be his excuse for explosion.
Why does she trust him if he burns her mentally and physically.
Love is a death sentence down a road of rocks made silky.
“See past the child that you birthed from him” I would say. 
“Help her find someone else, and I hope he treats her better” I would pray. 
Scream, His dark manners!
“He enraged you to engage you in what played you. 
He called it off and you blew your top. 
You let the other woman say words to you that threatened your territory. 
You hit him as well and slashed the car for revenge. No worry.”
Scream, Her dark manners!
I loved him because I loved him once upon a time. 
No more can he inflict me with his crime. 
His temper is outspoken with words that kills with fire & fury.
His actions are outrageously buried but always later unburried.
I spoke the wrong words to him and he wore me down.
I was no longer his little sister but the one with a frown.
Tears split from my eyes, and the pain attacked my heart all too fast.
Scream, His dark manners!
Bastard!
Womanizer!
Abuser!
A father!
A brother!
A problem!

25

Mar

No MORE Week 2014

We stood in solidarity with students and advocates all over in celebration of No MORE Week 2014. We working to bring an end to doemstic and sexual violence. Here’s a poem written by one of our students about a world without violence. 

SP, Orr Academy HS student

What would the world look like without domestic violence?
Will it be a uphoria?
Will it be tranquil?
Or will it never change?
Hitting, punching, slapping hurts
Derogatory words hurts
Would you care if someone hurt you?
Would you care if someone hurt your mother,
Grandmother, father, sister or brother?
How would you stop it?
What would you do to stop the abuse?
Do you want it to end?
Would it help make the world a better place
if it all stopped.

Seeing teens hit each other, fight each other, punch each other is not good.  That person that is being abused is in a very vulnerable state.  This means they can be taken advantage of easily.  This can lead to even more domestic and/or sexual violence.  You can be the one to help that person.  You can be the one to stop and end the abuse.  

24

Mar

Our Orr students created a skit about unhealthy relationships. The teen being abused made the decision to leave the relationship because they were no longer in a safe situation. No one should have to endure abuse. Here are some tips on how to safely leave an abusive relationship. 

Break Up Over the Phone or in a Public Place: If you feel unsafe we recommend you don’t break up face to face. Over the phone or through email can ensure your safety. If you break up face to face make sure its a public place and bring friends!

Practice Ahead of Time: Your partner can be a smooth talker. Have a plan of what you’re going to say ahead of time so that when you get the the breakup, you’re ready to go! 

Just like how we’re filled with creativity and excitement, a healthy relationship can be too! Here’s some AWESOME creative submissions from our students about what a healthy relationship should look like. 

11

Mar

We’re All In!

Feminism is an all inclusive movement! It is not only for the oppressed!! When people of all genders and races recognize their privileges and put them aside we can only move forward!