I recently came across this incredible campaign on Facebook, dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and victim-blaming. The Red My Lips campaign founded in 2012, is a non-profit organization which encourages women (and even men) to wear red lipstick for the entire month of April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) to raise awarness, increase the public’s understanding about sexual violence and rape myths and raise funds. To learn more about this campaign or to donate visit, www.redmylips.org.
There are victims and survivors both women and men, of sexual abuse and violence in all parts of the world. Many of these victims are blamed and shamed for the incident. Due to shaming, many acts of sexual abuse and rape go unreported and victims do not receive the care and support they desparately need. This campaign is for all the survivors who live believing that rape was their fault, and for all those that were told they could have prevented it. This campaign is for all our daughters and sons, and the future generations of girls and boys who will hopefully grow up knowing through campaigns such as Red My Lips, that sexual assault is not about what the victim said, did, or wore. Sexual assault is about dominance, power, and violence and the prepetrator is alone to blame.
Through this creative campaign, you are not only spreading awareness, you are also giving support to everyone that has been a victimized, shamed, and silenced.
Be bold and fearless; be a warrior (Red My Lips supporter)! Wear red lipstick for April and show your support for this amazing cause. Your red lips will spark important conversation that is needed to end rape myths, victim-blaming, and hopefully sexual violence. If you are not comfortable wearing red lipstick, there are other ways to show your support such as wearing red clothing, donating, spreading awareness about this movement through social media, and more. Check out Red My Lips’ Facebook page for more information and please share with your friends, family, and co-workers.
I wear red because I want my children to live in a world where prepetrators of sexual violence are blamed for their actions, NOT the victims.