Occupy Rape – Eve Ensler is Over It and So Am I

There are few people who really change the world for the better, but there is one person who shows us all that it is possible and that it can really start with just one person.

Enter playwright and activist Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues” and V-Day Founder and Executive Director.

If you’ve never heard of Ensler before you will thank me. The passion, love, dedication, and unwavering drive with which she fights for a world free from violence is infectious, admirable, and awe-inspiring. For myself and thousands, if not millions, of other women she is my hero.

Her latest post, “Over It,” on the Huffington Post is just one example of what a powerful and amazing woman she is.

Here are some highlights from her empowering piece that reflect what we too at Care2 are over:

  • I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don’t have a sense of humor, and women don’t have a sense of humor…
  • I am over Facebook taking weeks to take down rape pages.
  • I am over the hundreds of thousands of women in Congo still waiting for the rapes to end and the rapists to be held accountable.
  • I am over the 207 clinics in Ecuador supported by the government that are capturing, raping, and torturing lesbians to make them straight.
  • I am over one in three women in the U.S military (Happy Veterans Day!) getting raped by their so-called “comrades.”
  • I am over the forces that deny women who have been raped the right to have an abortion.
  • I am over the fact that after four women came forward with allegations that Herman Cain groped them and grabbed them and humiliated them, he is still running for the President of the United States.
  • Which reminds me, I am so over the students at Penn State who protested the justice system instead of the alleged rapist pedophile of at least 8 boys, or his boss Joe Paterno, who did nothing to protect those children after knowing what was happening to them.
  • … and I am over women getting raped at Occupy Wall Street and being quiet about it because they were protecting a movement which is fighting to end the pillaging and raping of the economy and the earth, as if the rape of their bodies was something separate.

For the full version of Ensler’s post click here.

It’s truly inspiring and I’ve got to say that I’m over it too! 

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Turkish Outrage: Supreme Court Says 13-Year-Old Girl “Consented” to Rape

First Sexually Assaulted, Now Forced to Pay Alimony to Ex

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Lucy Hanouille
Lucy H.3 years ago

Add to that: I'm over people who tell western women who protest rape in their world countries to "stop interfering in other cultures with your western presumptions"

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.4 years ago

I'm over it too! Thank you so much.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush4 years ago

While, hypothetically, we realize that rape can happen to a male person, the largest percentage of victims are female. Knowing this, one must wonder who started this attitude of keeping it a secret.
COULD IT HAVE BEEN A MAN? Heaven forbid!!!

Women must realize that keeping these types of secrets are not to their benefit/mental health. Preditors never stop at 'one', and hiding these atrocities permits them to continue in an increasing spiral. If embarrassing family members is a problem, _it isn't your problem_ and anyone that doesn't comprehend your despair, is not looking out for your best interest. Trust, that you can find those who do and will care.

Your healing will not start, until you are able to verbalize it, over and over. I speak from experience.

Emily C.
Emily C.4 years ago

I love this kind of anger! I'm OVER IT ALL too! Thanks for this awesome list!

Rachel P.
Rachel k.4 years ago

Wow. I am over it too! Thanks for sharing.

Cathy C.
Cathy C.4 years ago

Wow. As a rape survivor, and married to a survivor I applaud her courage. Speak out!!! Repost her article, sign petitions, attend a 'slut walk' or other campaign. Volunteer as a rape counselor or ombudsman. Stop keeping secrets!!!!!! Speak out loud!!!!

Kristen S.
Kristen H.4 years ago

Gracias, really. I am over the raping and killing of young girls in Ciudad Juarez, in the desert on their way across the border(s) of Central America and Mexico, and in cities where their humiliation is seen as a way to "humiliat" rival gangs.


Janine H.
Janine H.4 years ago

This is so terrible. Always when i hear about terrible things it makes med sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

Elize Labuschagne

All comes back to your values in life. Your choice. There are certain rights and certain wrongs in this world. You normally know the difference because you have a mind as a human to reason.

jasna gonda
jasna gonda4 years ago

thank you