In the United States, one woman is beaten every 15 seconds. If you’re a victim of domestic violence, people are waiting to help you. Call the Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 800 799-SAFE (7233) For more information, please visit http://www.thehotline.org

For more information about magician Misty Lee (writer of/performer in this short) and full credits for this video, please visit www.mistylee.com

Really powerful PSA. Pass it along…

In case you missed it…

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projectunbreakable:

Submissions sent into projectunbreakablesubmissions@gmail.com from Central Michigan University, taken March 19th.

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amandapalmer:

after a twitter-conversation tonight, i posted a new blog.
“on internet hatred: please inquire within.”you can find it at http://bit.ly/blog010513 - but i’d also like for you to comment. please give it a read, and share it wherever you like to share. 
love.

I think this blog, and the amazing comments that follow it are real and important and eye-opening. BUT warning: it contains bullying and suicides and very real trigger issues.

amandapalmer:

after a twitter-conversation tonight, i posted a new blog.

on internet hatred: please inquire within.

you can find it at http://bit.ly/blog010513 - but i’d also like for you to comment. please give it a read, and share it wherever you like to share.
 

love.

I think this blog, and the amazing comments that follow it are real and important and eye-opening. BUT warning: it contains bullying and suicides and very real trigger issues.

odditiesoflife:

The Aokigahara Suicide Forest

The Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction as the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. The first is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Since the 1950s, depressed Japanese citizens have wandered in, and at least 1000 of them haven’t wandered out. In 2002, 78 bodies were found within the forest, exceeding the previous record of 74 in 1998. In 2003, the rate climbed to 100, and in recent years, the local government has stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to downplay Aokigahara’s association with suicide. In 2004, 108 people killed themselves in the forest. In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide in the forest, 54 of whom completed the act.

Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest’s depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.

Due to the vastness of the forest, desperate visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone once inside the so-called “Sea of Trees,” so the police have mounted signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” on trees throughout the forest.

The place has long been associated with death. Ubasute, literally translates to ”abandoning an old woman.” Ubasute may have been practiced there into the 19th century, and the forest is reputedly haunted by the Yurei (angry spirits) of those left to die.

wilwheaton:

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For those of you who missed it. Perhaps this will make more sense of Cat’s poem.

wilwheaton:

(via Daily Kos: GOP Rape Advisory Chart)

For those of you who missed it. Perhaps this will make more sense of Cat’s poem.

4 am [Trigger Warning]

neverwear:

 

4 am

he broke in

bitter

with the moonlight.

she woke up, no one else home.

 

she had never seen him before.

when he kicked the cat across the room

she knew he had come for her.

 

her shattered leg,

 in a cast from

 her motorcycle accident

 gave him no pause.

 

 he was not ugly to look at

but he held a gun,

threatening,

he told her he was going to kill her anyway.

she said,

no,

with tears in her voice,

 but

she did not cry.

she was only 21.

 

As her raped her,

 he told her

he had been watching her, waiting.

 waiting until no one else was home.

 

she could not see him,

he was behind her,

but she

 could feel

the cold steel

against her temple.

 

he was behind her,

 hurting her

 but she she was gone.

 

after,

he stood up and

pushed the blond hair out of his eyes.

 

he said, where is the money.

flat, like that, a statement.

 

she looked up at him

 from far away

and said, what money-

 

look around you

there is no money here.

but he

found the five dollars

 in her little green wallet.

and before he left,

gun still aimed at her head,

he threw that crumpled bill down and said,

you keep this money baby

you need it more than me.

 

he told her

 to count to one hundred

before she moved, that he would be watching her.

she looked at him no more.

 

after he left

she couldn’t talk or drive,

rocking back and forth.

she was sick over and over again.

sickest she’s ever been.

 

Later

her friends made her call the cops

 where she was raped all over again,

and they kept that five…

they kept that five dollars for fingerprints.

 

Later still.

she came up pregnant.

no question in keeping this child.

with heart heavy,

she lied to the “support group”

that she and her “boyfriend” weren’t ready,

were not ready for children.

after all,

she was only 21.

 

Now, years in the future,

childless still.

haunted still,

 by the face

and actions

of a man

who was never caught.

 

the words of the politicals,

“forcible rape”

makes her (me) sick all over again.

 

Sickest I have ever been.

-Cat Mihos 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just read this and I cried. Cat’s probably the gentlest, sweetest person I know. I’m proud of her for writing this.

my comic about rape jokes.

thingofthings:

i’ll go back to dumb cartoons of ugly people soon i swear