Emily Lindin’s story beings in the sixth grade. She began developing a woman’s body before other classmates, and thus became a target for sexual objectification. The instigator of her slut shaming and tarnished reputation throughout her community came from a rumor spread by her boyfriend. This middle school scenario is so common for girls that intervention and protection has rarely been offered. Now many young women are ending their lives over being slut shamed before they have a chance to a live a life after high school. When Emily learned of yet another lost life to the emotional trauma of gang rape and victim blaming, she released her private diaries in a blog that has become an empowered community for young girls and women who are determined to end rape culture called THE UNSLUT PROJECT.
Emily’s determination to help others to build confidence in themselves as a way of alchemizing bullying is admirable, her courage to speak out about her own experience, exemplary. For any woman to be conditioned to believe that she deserves to be raped because she is enticing or dresses a certain way is the same volatile propellant that inspires Emily to speak out in peace, understanding, compassion and wisdom for all women who have been affected.
Emily has gained the attention of the media and has made appearances at TEDx Youth events, The Katie Couric Show, and now is prepared to show SLUT: A DOCUMENTARY FILM across the nation. Emily and I began our discussion with defining terms.
#FF: what is your definition of rape culture and slut shaming?
#FF: What do you believe is the root cause of a culture that does not stand behind victims of sex abuse?
1 in 3 (33%) women are survivors of sexual violence or intimate partner violence.
1 in 6 (17%) men are victims of sexual violence.
64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.
#FF: Where have you seen the most growth in your work to raise awareness?
#FF: How have you healed from your own experience of slut shaming?
#FF: What is the UnSlut Project?
How Can You Help?
1.) Join the UnSlut Project Community.
3.) Speak out against rape culture in your community.
For the LGBTQ Community:
1.) Speak out to end Corrective Rape.
2.) Support the safety of transgender citizens: Healthcare, well-being, acceptance.
3.) Volunteer with RAINN: Rape and Incest National Network and give back.
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