BREAKING NEWS from Washington DC:

Thanks to all of the support from members of PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment and other grassroots groups who signed the MoveOn.org petition and media such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Show who collectively created a firestorm throughout the web this week about the redefinition of the term rape to only include “forcible rape”.  Due to all of the outcry, today Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) (the lead sponsor of the bill and chair of the House pro-life caucus) said he will remove the phrase “forcible rape” from the bill illustrating that our united voices have been heard!

We stand strong in the notion that rape doesn’t always mean physical force – it means a lack of consent, which is a freely-given YES and not the absence of a NO. As I travel all over the country, countless HS and college students disclose stories of being raped while severely intoxicated or drugged. We are on a mission to educate on the issues of sexual violence and how most often is not committed by a stranger, but by someone who we know and trust. We need to engage both men and women to work together to become a part of the solution!

Though this battle with this legislation is not over (this bill still has some dangerous aspects), at least we can celebrate a victory. My favorite quote – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -margaret mead

Thank you for working with us to shatter the silence of sexual violence!

Visit PAVE’s Website: www.ShatteringTheSilence.org

The Daily Show Video Link

More on the issue:

Jezebel Blog – Republicans Give Up On “Forcible Rape,” But Bill Still Sucks

TPM – Report: Republicans Give Up On Redefining Rape

Feministing Blog – House to drop “forcible rape” language in response to advocacy and satire

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