#2 Believe Women

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“Believe Women” by Martha Lee Phelps. Mixed Media: Ink, acrylic, pastels, collage. 18×24

“Here is why I believe you should take this stand with me. Violence against women destroys our souls. It annihilates our sense of self. It numbs us. It separates us from our bodies. It is the tool used to keep us second-class citizens. And if we don’t address it, it can lead to depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, overeating and suicide. It makes us believe we are not worthy of happiness.”
–  Eve Ensler 

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything….I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”          ~ D. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America 

Awareness leads to change:
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Every 11 minutes, that victim is a child. 5 out of every 1000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.
82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.

Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence.  Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.
(Source: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. The US’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.)

This is Protest Poster #2  from the collection “She’s Still Here”A collection of women’s protest art supporting the equal and human rights of folks from all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, origin, wealth, nationality, religion, ability, sexual orientation, identification or representation.

To learn more and become a Protest and Art Sponsor, please visit please visit Point, Invitation & Message from mlp.

 

About Martha Phelps Studio ~ creative on purpose

...a meandering journal of a changing life and the unexpected graces it brings. Earlier posts may provide some history, but this series of writings aren't likely to follow a straight line as I explore topics such as raising kids, making choices, self discovery, the impact of change on a family and how to (hopefully) live with balance and purpose. www.marthaphelps.com
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