Red My Lips 2015

Please excuse my grumpy face. Maybe I am grumpy because sexual violence is a big issue and we don't talk about it enough. Or maybe I am grumpy because it took way too many attempts to take a photo that I don't hate.
Please excuse my grumpy face. Maybe I am grumpy because sexual violence is a big issue and we don’t talk about it enough. Or maybe I am grumpy because it took way too many attempts to take a photo that I don’t hate.

This month I’m wearing red lipstick to raise awareness and start conversations about sexual violence.

Red My Lips is an international non-profit organisation that uses red lipstick as a weapon and a tool to raise awareness about sexual violence, combat rape myths and victim-blaming, and demonstrate solidarity and support for all survivors.  This isn’t an exercise in vanity; it’s about visibility.

The number one cause of rape is not a particular outfit, or a specific amount of alcohol.  We need to have discussions in order to get rid of these misconceptions.  The question shouldn’t be “what” is the number one cause of rape, but “who”.  The answer?  Rapists.

Sexual violence isn’t just a women’s issue – it affects everybody – and if you don’t want to wear lipstick, there are plenty of other ways you can get involved.

Find out more about Red My Lips at their website, and the facebook event for this year’s campaign.

Let’s work together to put an end to victim-blaming, and to educate others about sexual violence.

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