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Let's take a stand against sexual violence!
by Megan Lowson, 14
The world is good in the way that many of us appreciate and accept except each other for what and who we are, but cruel in the way that it makes us think that to be a certain way is unacceptable. Or to look and be different makes someone unfit for specific career paths, or particular problems don't exist and never happen or even just simply shaming because someone does not meet society's standards.
As someone who is a young person in society and has always considered and deemed things like rape, sexual abuse and inequality things that should never happen, when I heard about RASASH and how I would be able to become a volunteer Ambassador I immediately made the decision that I would do it. People avoid the subject of the likes of rape and sexual abuse as it's seen as a "touchy subject" to the majority (to an extent, to those who have experienced it, it is) but not in the way many make it out to be.
I came to be an ambassador, not only for the experience it will give to me but for the fact I am one of many who want to spread the word about how nobody should turn the other way or avoid this subject or any other type of problem, because people are led to believe things like this don't happen in small cities and towns, when it has more than likely happened plenty more times than once in the very city you live in. I want people to know that no one was "asking for it" when they wore short shorts or any other item of ‘exposing’ clothing. No one was "asking for it" when they got too drunk and nobody was saying "persuade me" when they said no.
I have also always wanted to spread another word, which is that nobody was born to live up to society’s standards, you weren't born to be judged by someone else, you were born to be an individual. You don't have to be what the media and places like Hollywood define as "perfect" to be described as it.
Some said I was "too young" to understand and to be speaking about such subjects, but I will always stand up for what I believe and lend a hand in any way possible to show what I believe should and shouldn't happen.
I joined to spread the word of why rape, sexual abuse and inequality shouldn't be happening.
If you would like to become a 'Stand Up!' Ambassador you can find all the information you need, along with an application form on the RASASH website.
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