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

Published Articles on Safer Brave Space

Jam with Maria: Listening for "Yes" #3 of 3 in Jam Series; Oil Pastel on Paper © 2019 Michele Beaulieux This post provides links to my writing published in Contact Quarterly and the CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter on preventing sexual violence and creating what I call "safer brave spaces"—places where being brave is as safe … Continue reading Published Articles on Safer Brave Space

Can’t We Just Dance? A Counterstory

Believing Maria #2 of 3 in Jam Series; Oil pastel on paper © 2019 Michele Beaulieux In this post, I share a counterstory inspired by and following up on my article, "Can't We Just Dance? Not if We Want to Create Safer Brave Contact Improvisation Spaces" in the Winter/Spring 2020 CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter. In … Continue reading Can’t We Just Dance? A Counterstory

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

Decision Navigator in the News

Below are my articles and media mentions on the Our Choices Decision Navigator and Solution Facilitator that I am developing for people impacted by sexual violence. The Decision Navigator customizes the PrOACT decision-making framework for decisions that victim-survivors face. The acronym, PrOACT, stands for Problem, Objectives, Alternatives, Consequences, and Tradeoffs. Posts on this blog about the Decision Navigator and Solution … Continue reading Decision Navigator in the News

Earlier Writing on Sexual Violence Prevention

Always the right time © 2014 Michele Beaulieux Oil pastel on paper Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.“The time is always right to do the right thing.” Here are links to my previous writing and media mentions on sexual violence prevention. This writing is not specifically about creating safer brave space or the My Choice … Continue reading Earlier Writing on Sexual Violence Prevention