Last week on Valentine’s Day, iOppose joined millions of women around the world, in the One Billion Rising Campaign. This was a peaceful strike, using joy and dance, to stand up against the gender violence aimed at billions of women around the world.
Following on with that theme, and a story you are likely familiar with, is the violence that happened in India last December. A woman, accompanied by her boyfriend, was viciously beaten and raped on a public form of transportation, and then died 13 days later. The officials blamed the victim for provoking her attackers. Her fault in essence was the fact that she was a woman. The Buffalo News took a deeper look and we would like to hear your comments on the situation.
Want to help iOppose fight sexual abuse and exploitation? Do you think you’ll be buying something off Amazon.com in the future? If you click the link below and make a purchase off Amazon, they will make a donation to us FOR you. You don’t spend a penny extra than you would if you bought the item(s) normally. If you’d like, you can even bookmark the link and any time you order through Amazon by clicking it, it will be like making a donation to iOppose. We’d love it if you did!
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Alternatively, the link will also be available under the “Donate” link in the navigation bar at the top of iOppose.org, so you can find it at any time.
We have a lot more in store for you in the coming weeks, and throughout 2012. If you would like to support us and help prevent sexual abuse and exploitation, please feel free to donate by clicking here. Any amount helps us, whether it’s $5 or $500. We have gotten a significant number of donations this year, and it is thrilling to see our community support us and what we do so fervently.
Donations to iOppose, Inc. will be used to educate adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We will also use it to conduct workshops to equip girls with self-esteem building and critical thinking skills related to media influence on sexual attitudes and behaviors. We also strive to educate the public about healthy sexuality, and will petition the government to fund prevention and early intervention efforts.
Thank you for all your support, and we hope to hear from you in the comments with anything you’d like to add or ask. We’re always open to new ideas and love hearing from anyone about what we can and should be doing.
The iOppose Team
At the end of World War I, fighting officially stopped at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918—Armistice Day was born, now known as Veteran’s Day. It was an official truce to all the fighting that claimed so many casualties. Today we are the victims of an ever-present yet unacknowledged war—the frequent bombardment of sexualized media, marketing and advertising through print, television and the internet that has robbed our youth of their innocence. We need a new truce, one that will only come by organized opposition to this war that affects all of our children and adolescents of all races and classes, creeds and beliefs, in this country and around the globe. iOppose, Inc. is willing to lead the troops in the battle against our hypersexualized culture.
iOppose, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by licensed clinical social worker and former corporate executive Carol Conklin to help prevent child sexual abuse, interrupt the early sexualization of children and adolescents, and promote intervention efforts with individuals at risk of developing deviant sexual interests. Why did she start it? Look at the following statistics:
- Children now spend 45 hours per week with media, while only spending 30 hours per week in school and 17 hours with their parents.
- Research has shown a strong link between media exposure and childhood obesity, smoking and sexual activity.
- Some researchers estimate that 25% of girls and 16% of boys will experience childhood sexual abuse by the time they are 18 years old.
- Such abuse impacts health care costs across one’s lifespan. Woman who were sexually abused as girls have 16% higher health care costs, and that becomes 36% when they experience physical abuse as well.
Much like the drug and alcohol abuse expenditures after a DWI-related accident, federal and state governments spend billions of dollars annually to apprehend, convict, incarcerate and manage sex offenders after a crime has been committed. Meanwhile, few public or private dollars are invested in addressing sex addiction and early intervention with those at risk of committing illegal sexual acts. Consider this:
- If the U.S. spent a fraction of post-sex offense dollars on equipping the public with child abuse prevention strategies, this country would keep hundreds of thousands of potential victims from the consequences—emotional, mental and fiscal—of sexual exploitation and abuse.
- If the U.S. spent a fraction of post-sex offense dollars on early intervention strategies for individuals at risk of illegal sexual behaviors, this country would save billions of dollars in post-sex offense expenses, and deter ordinary people from becoming perpetrators, ruining their lives and the lives of their families.
This is why Ms. Conklin created iOppose. This is why iOppose is hosting its kick-off party and first fundraiser on 11.11.11. This is why iOppose needs your support. Join us.
Visit www.ioppose.org for details.
“Researchers found that about 30 percent of the clothing had ‘sexualized elements’ that ‘revealed or emphasized a sexualized body part, had characteristics associated with sexiness, and/or had sexually suggestive writing.’”
Clothing is no doubt a form of expression for every individual. However, it also holds true that we can be influenced by our surroundings. The media’s obsession with appearance and vanity is nothing new and admittedly we live in a world where we worship celebrity’s whose job is essentially to look good.
It used to be that little girls clothing usually meant a specific color and maybe a cute design. Today the clothing has become revealing and often is created to focus on a specific body part. For example short shorts and pants with lettering on the behind are all the rage. Just look at Victoria Secrets Pink Line geared toward the pre-teen & teenage crowd.
These stores know what they are doing, they are trying to introduce a brand so when they grow older they will stay with it. Not only are clothes more “sexy” but the overall message they are sending is that girls need to start to look more adult to be accepted.
What do you think it will take for these trends to die down?