Photo Credit: Mike Segar / Reuters
In response to the past year, Eve has updated her essay “Over It”, which was originally published in The Huffington Post as a call to action in 2012, in the lead up to the first One Billion Rising. Now entitled “Over It Redux”, it is a powerful response to the current climate of impunity and a loud call for an end to rape culture.
“I am over rape.
I’m over women (cisgender, transgender and gender non-conforming) having to tell our stories over and over, traumatizing and re-traumatizing ourselves over and over when the stories and names and identities of perpetrators remain protected and anonymous.
I am over rape culture, where privileged men with political and physical and economic power take what and who they want, when they want it, as much as they want, any time they want it.
This would include the super Predator in Chief, Donald Trump, who was elected after bragging about grabbing women’s pussies without their consent and who has more than 15 charges of abuse against him. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly… the list is endless. It’s not enough to fire them and have them walk away with millions. Sexual abuse is already illegal.
I am over how long it takes for anyone to ever respond to rape, and how long corporations and partners protect abusers through payouts and backroom deals. If that same president or CEO stole money from you or killed someone, you can bet they’d be fired on the spot and he would be charged in court…”
SAY IT, STAGE IT – RISE 2018
Join us! Activists around the world are already busy planning their V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING events for the 2018 season. To date, there are hundreds of events and risings scheduled all over the globe from Tehran to Nanjing to Oklahoma City. Activists are collaborating with a range of local groups and producing their V-Day events as Acts of Resistance, highlighting the issues that their communities face.
This year is our 20th anniversary and we invite you to be bolder than ever before in your performances, actions and Risings. Whether it is performing The Vagina Monologues in a radical space or hosting an Artistic UpRising taking activism out of the theaters and into the streets. The energy is rising up and we are already feeling it.
Click here for more information on how to sign up for a V-Day event and a One Billion Rising event
Rise, Resist, Unite!