Wake the F- Up America!

Wake the F- Up America!

I love this country. I love 96 percent of the people I come in contact with when I speak or perform or travel; but we have GOT to wake up, people. What the Hell is going on with American Apparel? How did the CEO get to keep his job as long as he did? Does anyone else think it’s funny that he is from Canada but his company is called American Apparel? There were complaints about him for YEARS. His add campaigns were horrifying. He was known in the fashion industry for sleeping with women younger than 18 and for sleeping with employees and abusing his “power”. I am not into fashion. I do not enjoy shopping, in fact, my closest friends have learned to come with me when I shop. (less fashion disasters) So I was not really aware of American Apparel until a few years ago. I speak about Alcohol Awareness and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response most of the time, but from time to time I am asked to speak about Eating Disorders and Body Image. Bulimia was my first addiction, and like many assault victims, I grew up suffering from body dysmorphia. This happens when you look in the mirror and you see yourself heavier or thinner than you actually are… Anyway, a couple of years ago, I was asked to speak at Ohio State at Kent during their SEX Week. They do an entire week of education and empowerment stuff. They even had a Condom Couture Fashion Show, which was amazing. Then I came in with my Body Image and the Media Talk. As...
Hey Yale, Can You Tell Me What’s Going On?

Hey Yale, Can You Tell Me What’s Going On?

I don’t get what’s going on with YALE and other colleges… Sexual Assault is a REAL problem. I just read another article about the political discussions about what to do with colleges that have failed to discipline and take action after RAPES have occurred on their campuses. I don’t get it. I don’t know why we are still talking instead of doing. And of course, there is a special term I’ve never heard before: Nuclear. Which refers to if a college actually, really loses its federal l funding and then it’s students won’t be able to get any financial aid or pell grants either. Nuclear. Really? I have some other words that come to mind. Words like: Disgusting. Years of therapy. Addiction. Nightmares. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Pain. Blood. Seamen. Evidence. Rape Kit. Shame. Stigma. I could go on, but I won’t. Here’s a phrase that I have not seen yet, but it keeps screaming through my brain: The rules don’t apply to us. That is the message that the colleges are sending out to the world. The rules are for everyone else, but not us. I am referring to the colleges that are being investigated and who have not followed the rules. Why are we allowing this to happen? I do not understand this “dragging of the feet.” Crimes are being committed on campuses. They have been for some time and they are continuing, unfortunately. I have a simple solution. Moving forward, when a sexual assault is reported on a college campus, it is investigated thoroughly and quickly, with an outside party overseeing the procedure. The outside party could...

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