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Until It Happened To You…Rape Culture in America

I was never going to write about this. It was far too personal for me. However, I feel like it would be a huge disservice to not discuss it in light of recent media coverage.

Let’s start with this is not a pity me piece. I’m not asking for some form of personal attention. Now that’s out of the way, we can discuss this massive problem.

According to Marshall University, Rape Culture is

“an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.”

I’m gong to start with my own story to talk about this issue.

My freshman year of college, I was super excited. I was going to my dream school. I hadn’t even applied to other schools. My mom was so nervous. I go down for orientation. Meet a cute boy. He’s on the football team and he’s southern. I mean that’s what a girl from the north wants in a man when she goes down south. We talked that whole summer until I moved into the dorm. I think my mom had been back in NJ for 24 hours max when I called her from my roommates cellphone to tell her I had been raped and the police had taken my cellphone as evidence. Not only did they take my cellphone but basically all of my possessions. Being the amazing mom she is, she left work and drove back to South Carolina. Thanks mom.

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More Than the Tattooed Mormon

This has been an interesting week. After my unintentional spiritual theme on Sunday, I fell down an investigator’s stairs. Until I have a an MRI the current diagnosis is a slight fracture in my foot with the possibility of a torn tendon.

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Merry Christmas. 

I had a very hard time accepting that my walking abilities are not up to par. I tried all day Monday to still do things around the house. I didn’t need Alex to help me get dinner and I could straighten up by myself. To say I was wrong would be a massive understatement. Last night I accepted that this holiday season I would not be running around like the nutcase I typically am.

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Busy is the new happy

To say I’ve been busy lately would be a gross understatement. Since staying home my schedule has become scary full. Besides keeping up with this website I am in school full-time, studying for the GRE, applying to MPP Programs (then to my PhD), doing a political affairs internship and seeing various doctors between Alex and I. It has been insane.

However, this insanity is different then the insanity that was my former job. Everything I’m doing is helping me reach a larger goal. Everything is calculated and planned so Alex and I can have the best possible future. Unlike my former job the stress did not seem worth it to me. I think that’s the biggest difference. I’m happy busy now.

36fbda64e3f2f64f46d674a236b0c9f2Now I’m not sure if busy if the new happy but I am sure that being busy is making me happy. I would not say that busy replaces other things in terms of my happiness. But working with a purpose, stressing myself out for a purpose, seeing an end result, that is happiness I suppose.

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