‘Red my lips’ brings awareness to sexual assault

Alexis Merrell, Staff Writer

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Sexual assault is a major issue that gets ignored more often than not. The month of April is being dedicated to Sexual Assault awareness thanks to Red My Lips, a non-profit organization that encourages victims to stand up and let the world know they are better than being a victim.

During the month of April, victims and supporters of victims’ rights are encouraged to wear red lipstick, red nail polish or just have a red heart on one’s hand. The culture of assault has led to victim-blaming, or presuming that the victim did something to cause the assault. People have said “Women shouldn’t wear short skirts,” “Women shouldn’t walk alone,” “Women should be more careful,” and other similar statements. Red lipstick is commonly associated with sexiness and making one’s self ‘available for sexual activity’ in the eyes of society.

Red My Lips is an outlet for people to speak out on their own experiences and also in support of the victims. Their mission is “To transform our culture of sexual violence by educating, inspiring, and mobilizing a global community to red their lips, raise their voices, and create real change. It’s not just women that are attacked. Violence knows no age or gender. It is not the fault of the victim, but solely the fault of the attacker. The victim never “asks for it.” An attack doesn’t occur based on what the person is wearing, how much they drank, or where the person is. Attacks occur because someone wanted to hurt someone else; that is all.

Throughout the month, people are encouraged to “wear red lipstick, temporary tattoos, or a creative alternative to create visibility, demonstrate solidarity and support for ALL survivors & speak out against rape myths and victim-blaming!” (source: ­redmylips.org) For more information about the organization, go to www.redmylips.org or send an email to [email protected]

On April 28, 2015, TRiO will be hosting a Red My Lips day here on campus. If you choose to participate, make sure to come by the TRiO lab so we can take your picture and let the world know that FPC is supporting Sexual Assault Awareness in every way we can. Let’s band together and get the word out.

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‘Red my lips’ brings awareness to sexual assault