Aishah Shahidah Simmons writes about Ending Sexual Violence in Essence Magazine in Special #MeToo Series

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NO! The Rape Documentary producer/director and #LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons is featured in the November edition of Essence Magazine in a special Me Too Movement - series of articles and profiles guest edited by #MeToo Founder, Tarana Burke. Tarana invited Aishah to share concrete steps that we can all do to end sexual violence. In her article, "Ending Sexual Violence," Aishah shares 7 concrete steps we can each take to end sexual violence. They are:




Believe Survivors
Respond Vigorously
Quit Blaming Victims
Support Men and Boys Too
Stop Pathologizing The LGBTQ Community
Teach Body Sovereignty
Explore Survivor-Centered Accountability

Aishah was elated to lift up Creative Interventions and INCITE Community News (Women and TransPeople of Color Against Violence) two survivor-centered collectives whose radical work focuses on community accountability in response to violence in her article.

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She grew up in two Black feminist, intersectional households, Essence Magazine and Ms. Magazine were definitely consistent staples in both of her divorced parents’ homes. When she became an adult, both Essence and Ms. were staples in her apartment.

Given Aishah’s herstorical context, and the reality of the impact of sexual violence in Black it brought her immense survivor joy to be published in Essence for the first time in this moment.

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