Rape and Sexual assaults are a menace to our society. An important aspect of such crimes is tendency of society and sometimes even the victim to indulge in victim blaming. Take for example, people always comment on what the victim of sexual assault was wearing. You hear statements like “she deserved it because she was wearing short skirt or a tank top“. No one ever comments or asks about what the culprit was wearing. You don’t hear comments like “he is a rapist because he wears shorts instead of jeans.” The logic is absurd. If wearing shorts instead of jeans doesn’t make a man more or less of a rapist, wearing a skirt doesn’t make the woman deserve being raped.

 Many societies are traditionally male dominated and situation is much worse for women where rape is a huge social stigma. A research done by Turkish researchers found that that 33% (M = 2.8; SD = 0.9) of the police officers in the country agreed that “some women deserve rape” and 66% of police officers, and almost 50% of other professional groups excluding psychologists (18%) and psychiatrists (27%), agreed that “the physical appearance and behaviors of women tempt men to rape” (Source). However, Sexual assault is not confined to gender roles. Men are also victim of such crimes, committed by women or other men. And because of  our innate assumptions about men as abusers and strong, it becomes difficult for men to come forward. And in my states around the world, the legal definition still does not regard sexual crime against men as rape, but just as an assault which often carries lesser penalty.

Awareness against such crimes is very less especially in developing countries. Even in first World countries situation is not so great. But there are few creative people out there who come up with such amazing campaigns that will shock you. But once the initial shock is over, the message gets across loud and clear. We have in past covered some of these campaigns. For this post, we scouted the internet for some of the best campaigns out there. 

1. Feminist Shots – Powerful Feminist messages on Women’s Body

This project was started by Liora K as a feminist campaign. This includes set of photos featuring everyday women with powerful messages written on their body. These are beautiful pictures showing women standing up for themselves against lot of issues including sexual assault and Government interference. 

Why on an exposed part of a woman’s body? Because we can… and to make a point that our bodies are exactly that – OUR bodies – not the government’s, not society’s or religion’s.

Check out a few of her photographs on sexual assault for the project. And for complete details on the project, check out the links back to her pages.

Rape and Sexual Assault awareness campaigns
Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign
Rape and Sexual assault Campaigns
Rape and Sexual Assault Protest

Liora K Photography | Facebook Page

2. Slut Walk

Slut Walk originally started when a Police officer in Canada when a Police officer said that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized. This caused massive outrage and led to people coming together to organize the Slut Walk. Since then, it has been replicated in many countries. For Example, Chicago slut walk is organised annually. The message is how sexual double standards are connected to interpersonal violence and victim-blaming. The movement is still growing internationally and has gained massive support over the years.

Rape and Sexual Assault Protest
Rape and Sexual Assault awareness campaigns

Slut Walk Chicago | Slut Walk Toronto | Slut Walk India

3. Campaign on Sanitary Pads

Another interesting protest was launched by Elone, a  young woman from Germany who started sticking Period pads all over her city with important feminist messages. A few of them went like – “Imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods”. This unique way of protest against gender inequality went viral on social networks and inspired many similar campaigns globally.

Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign
Rape and Sexual assault campaign

 Tumblr | Instagram.

4. Red My Lips

The campaign was started by Red founder, Danielle Tansino. On a night out with friends, Danielle was raped by childhood friend of her roommate. She filed a police report and had horrific experience with the justice system where in the end she was told by the female District attorney that they would not push for prosecution as jurors don’t like girls who drink. It is very easy to blame the system and not ourselves,  but we are the ones who constitute the system. So, the movement was started. supporters of the movement wear red lipstick all throughout the month of April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) to demonstrate solidarity and support for survivors of rape. It has since then spread to 90 countries of the world. Men are also taking equal part in this movement and rocking red lipsticks.

Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign
Rape and Sexual assault campaign

RedMyLips.Org | ABC News

5. Real Men get Raped

Now one campaign especially focused on Sexual crime against men. We as a society find it difficult to grasp that men can be raped as well. Men are supposed to be abusers and not get abused, right? Survivors UK launched a campaign in Europe during 6 member rugby cup to bring focus to male victims of the horrific crime. They said in the campaign that every hour, one male is a victim of sexual crime and only 11% of men ever report it. If there is stigma against woman for not reporting rape, same is true for Men too. From the childhood, due to gender stereotypes men are supposed to be tough and strong. The campaign highlights that anyone can be a victim of sexual crime – even so called alpha males of the society like football players. It urges more and more men to come forward.

Rape and Sexual assault campaign for Men

NYDailyNews 

6. Brief Message Campaign

Artist Alexsandro Palombo had been campaigning for social issues through his art for a long time.  He came with a unique idea for a campaign on International women’s day for violence against women. He asked women on social networks write an empowering message against violence against women and then compiled the best in this amazing photo series. Many of the women who posted were victims of violence and abuse themselves.

Rape and Sexual assault campaign
Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign

Alexsandro Palombo

7. Project Unbreakable

Grace Brown, a 21 year old photography student is campaigning for victims of sexual abuse by empowering them with the voice of their attackers.  The Project uses photos of sexual assault victims who hold cards with things their attacker said during and after the crime.  And the project not just features what victims had to face from attackers but also from their friends and authorities , once they told them their stories. This project features many men too who faced such attacks from other men and women.

Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign
Rape and Sexual assault campaign
Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign

Project Unbrekable

8. Stand with Survivors

This project was started by Hannah Boes, an English and Psychology major at College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. Since then, dozens of students and faculty members have joined this. The project has now over 150 photographs showcasing people supporting sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize and sustain assault.

Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign
Rape and Sexual assault awareness campaign

Hannah Boes | StandwithSurvivors

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