April Showers Rain on RAINN’s Reign

April showers rain on RAINN's reign Take Uber or Lyft? Stay in Airbnb? Use TikTok? Drink Absolut? One way to support victim-survivors of sexual violence this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is by advocating for a change in leadership at the Rape Abuse Incest National Network. Please join me in contacting corporate partners of … Continue reading April Showers Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Finally! Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Blue cloud raining on the letters R-A-I-N-N which are sinking into a puddle

Bradford William Davis of Insider did an excellent exposé of Rape Assault Incest National Network (RAINN)'s toxic workplace culture: "Insiders say RAINN, the nation's foremost organization for victims of sexual assault, is in crisis over allegations of racism and sexism: 22 current and former staffers say the organization favored by Hollywood and corporate America is in crisis. 'How can RAINN be helping survivors externally, when they're traumatizing … Continue reading Finally! Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Our Choices Solution Facilitator on Podcast: More to the Story …

More To The Story Podcast (Artwork by Aaron May) In the episode, "Navigating Decisions," of the podcast, More To The Story, host Jamie Sivrais and I, Michele Beaulieux, talk about making decisions after sexual violence. I share my story and explain how I came to create the My Choice Decision Navigator and Our Choices Solution … Continue reading Our Choices Solution Facilitator on Podcast: More to the Story …

The New Yorker Missed that Wikipedia Misses Women

Line drawing of a woman holding a laptop. Dots behind it form the shape of a penis and lines form a vulva.

Eustancey Tilly Edits Wikipedia @2020 Michele Beaulieux My letter to the editor of The New Yorker will be published in the December 14th issue! It points out the sexism in Wikipedia and in Louis Menand’s review of the anthology, Wikipedia @ 20: Stories of an Incomplete Revolution. The letter is only seven sentences, so in … Continue reading The New Yorker Missed that Wikipedia Misses Women

Connecting the Dots: Jeffrey Toobin, Sexism, The New Yorker

Line drawing of side view of a woman holding a laptop. Dots behind it form the shape of a penis.

Eustancey Tilly connects the dots @ 2020 Michele Beaulieux "My Rejected Letters to The New Yorker" have a pattern. Most point out sexism in the magazine authors' assumptions and writing, sexism so glaring that I question why, if the writers were as clueless as they apparently were, that the editors didn’t step in. It wasn’t … Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Jeffrey Toobin, Sexism, The New Yorker

Our Accountability for Church Music Composer David Haas’ Abuse

The Soldier Compelled the Passerby to Carry the Cross © 2003 Michele Beaulieux We are called to act with justice. I read those words in a distinct rhythm because of a song, a song that I want—in a futile urge—to purge from my mind. Christian music publisher, GIA Publications, published the song, “We Are Called” by … Continue reading Our Accountability for Church Music Composer David Haas’ Abuse

Is It Time to Rain on RAINN’s Reign? “Nation’s Largest Sexual Violence Organization” Thinks Police Can Stop Rape

Our nation is awakening to the horrifying realities of police violence. State violence and domestic and sexual violence intersect in terrifying ways, but the tepid message of the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) in response to the police killing of George Floyd and its aftermath downplays the correlations and issues. That’s because the … Continue reading Is It Time to Rain on RAINN’s Reign? “Nation’s Largest Sexual Violence Organization” Thinks Police Can Stop Rape

The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

Chart showing the progression through the stages from rape culture to consent culture

This chart, “The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture," lays out five possible states that groups might exhibit in how they handle sexual violence and other types of harm. The chart depicts two phases of rape culture and three phases of consent culture. The phases of rape culture—ignoring and reacting— support individual freedom, and … Continue reading The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

Notes on Language in this Blog

we all live here

we all live here © 2017 Michele Beaulieux In this post I define and discuss the terms consent and sexual violence; cultures such as consent culture with community accountability and rape culture. I also define the terms I use for people: people who have harmed, also known as violators and aggressors; people who have experienced … Continue reading Notes on Language in this Blog