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West Sound for Social Justice is pleased to partner with Women’s March Kitsap Huddle to present #MeToo – A Night of Poetry, Music & Stories on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill, 1240 Hollis Street in East Bremerton.

Members of the community, #MeToo followers, and people who identify as survivors of sexual assault are invited to join us for an evening of solidarity and support as we share poetry, readings, and music. Those who have a song, story, poem, or reading to share are requested to contact Robin at 360.990.9191. Robin is also available to read for those who wish to share their poetry or stories but are unable to do so themselves.

Event organizers hope to expand the conversation around sexual assault, invoke individual and societal healing, and raise local awareness. Admission is free, but those who are interested are urged to RSVP at wssjinfo@gmail.com.

As #MeToo founder Tarana Burke powerfully affirms, “We need a complete cultural transformation if we are to eradicate sexual assault in our lifetimes. It means we must build our families differently, engage our communities and confront some of our long-held assumptions about ourselves… [This] is an opportunity for all of us to take a hard look in the mirror and answer the question: When you hear #MeToo will you stand up to say #NoMore?” Follow the #MeToo movement at www.metoomvmt.org.

 

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We will have music by Alisha Davis Freeman and Calina Lawrence.

Calina Lawrence

Vocalist, spoken-word poet, and activist Calina Lawrence joined friend Shailene Woodley on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe awards. Calina works to raise awareness of “POC racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education & mainstream United States media, climate injustice, blood quantum and enrollment issues, foster youth, suicide prevention, and violence against women,” to name a few. You can visit Calina online, and watch her perform “Generations”.

The Women’s March Kitsap Huddle formed in the aftermath of the worldwide Women’s March. Its intent is to keep informed and stay involved — not just in resistance to the new administration, but also in helping the community grow. To learn more about Women’s March Kitsap, visit www.womensmarchkitsap.com.

The Cloverleaf offers a full dinner menu and bar.

There is no charge for this event.

Watch Robin perform some of her original poetry at our “Still Dreaming” event last summer.

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Here are some statistics that reveal the scope of sexual assault:

SEXUAL VIOLENCE AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted
1 out of every 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime
82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.

WOMEN AND GIRLS EXPERIENCE SEXUAL VIOLENCE AT HIGH RATES
Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.

MEN AND BOYS ARE ALSO AFFECTED BY SEXUAL VIOLENCE
1 out of every 10 rape victims is male
About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE
21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males

SEXUAL VIOLENCE CAN HAVE LONG-TERM EFFECTS ON VICTIMS
94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape
30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape

NATIVE AMERICANS ARE AT THE GREATEST RISK OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
American Indians are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races
41% of sexual assaults against American Indians are committed by a stranger; 34% by an acquaintance; and 25% by an intimate or family member

SEXUAL VIOLENCE AFFECTS THOUSANDS OF PRISONERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
An estimated 80,600 inmates each year experience sexual violence while in prison or jail
60% of all sexual violence against inmates is perpetrated by jail or prison staff
More than 50% of the sexual contact between inmate and staff member—all of which is illegal—is nonconsensual

SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN THE MILITARY OFTEN GOES UNREPORTED
18,900 military members experienced unwanted sexual contact in the fiscal year ending September, 2014
4.3% of active duty women and 0.9% of active duty men experienced unwanted sexual contact in FY14


Source:  RAINN: Victims of Sexual Violence Statistics

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