I received another email that I thought was more than worthy of being posted here. Casey Frazee has created a blog and facebook site dedicated to support PCV’s that have been physically assaulted during service. Casey detailed everything in her email, so I’ve posted it below. I urge you to support Casey’s site.
I am proud to say that I have a blog up and running now that is dedicated to working with Peace Corps on creating a policy to suport volunteers who are sexually assaulted, raped or otherwise physically assaulted during service! Please check it out at: http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com. I have a list on the right of several ways you can help.
Right now, I have two main priorities:
- Gather more stories from volunteers who were assaulted or raped during service. To make Peace Corps listen, we need to show them that this is a problem bigger than one or two people. This has affected many and we need to address it! People can reply to my email or to firstname.lastname@example.org. ALL information shared will be confidential and people can choose to let me share their first/last names or to remain anonymous. People can send me their story along with their region (to assist with privacy, we won’t share specific countries).
- Spreading the word! I know all of you, but there are many other RPCVs and current PCVs that I do not know – as well as teheir family and friends who are concerned about their safety. Would you please forward this email to anyone you know who would be interested? It will be greatly appreciated!
I have also created a facebook group for this. Please join! The key to making change is to band together and make our voices grow! Back in the U.S. now, Obama is not as popular as when I left, but I still believe that we can all make change! I hope you can help me!