Hands Up for Rehtaeh: raise your hand against rape

rpRehtaeh Parsons was a 17-year-old Canadian high student who hanged herself in April. Rehtaeh started having suicidal thoughts when she was 15 after she was raped by four boys who photographed the violation and sent it around to their friends and classmates. As if that weren’t bad enough, for the next 17 months, Rehtaeh’s classmates shunned, tormented and bullied her mercilessly. No charges were ever filed.

Two months to the day after Rehtaeh’s death, feminists are launching a day of awareness around violence against women and a commemoration of Rehtaeh. As the organizers explain on the Hands Up for Rehtaeh page,

in light of this [Rehtaeh's story], Steubenville, and numerous other rapes and sexual assaults in the news, we are making a call to action.

We are tired of girls and women being treated like sexual objects and the effect rape culture has on global society.

To that end, we are organizing a global day of awareness on violence against women, particularly rape culture (the institutional bias against victims and failure to prevent rape and sexual assault).

We ask you to join us on June 7th and write “Rehtaeh” on your wrist to let the world know you stand against rape culture.

Also: post pictures of your wrist (with “Rehtaeh” written on it) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and explain why you’re doing so.

So join the Hands Up for Rehtaeh Facebook event and participate by writing Rehtaeh’s name on your wrist. Then upload the photo to Facebook and Tumblr and Instagram. Use the #HandsUp4Rehtaeh hashtag. And check out some of the uploaded photos after the jump. tumblr_mo1dszvXEv1sug2c8o1_500 tumblr_mo1dxs5ghq1sug2c8o1_500 tumblr_mo1b5eSw4b1sug2c8o1_500 tumblr_mo1anldvAo1sug2c8o1_500

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  1. Posted June 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I wish this campaign wasn’t sponsored by known misogynist Charles Cylmer. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/darlena-cunha/men-feminism_b_3275303.html

  2. Posted June 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    In those three months, about another 100 teen rape victims committed suicide.

    I’m lighting a candle for the statistical victim who dies tomorrow.

  3. Posted June 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I quit facebook because of their rape pages. But I always stand with my fellow survivors. Always. Every Day.

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