Going Back to School with CARE

Hi friends! It’s been way too long since we last met on these pages. I’ve very much been wanting to write, but my regular routine has changed considerably since my last post in early December. The biggest difference between then and now? I’ve gone back to school!

Well, not in the usual sense of going “back to school.” I’m not working on another degree. Rather, I’m working for a school, the University of California, Irvine, to be specific! I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to get back into anti-violence work, something I’ve longed to do ever since I had to step away from my role with Man Up Campaign a couple of years ago. UC Irvine has hired me, on an interim basis, to serve in its Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office as the school’s Violence Prevention Coordinator! That means I’ll be helping to lead the university’s efforts to educate and train members of its community in recognizing and stopping gender-based violence, including dating and domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking, and other forms of intimate partner violence. I’m excited to have this chance!

CARE Staff (Christmas 2017) - Cropped
My colleagues!

My appointment is a temporary one, as I just mentioned, while UC Irvine looks for a permanent Violence Prevention Coordinator. But I hope I’ll prove worthy of the long-term position, which I’ve already applied for.

As for the work itself, so far, it’s going well. There’s still a lot for me to learn as I get up to speed on policies and procedures, but working alongside my colleagues and connecting with the students has been truly delightful.

And hopefully, as I get settled into my new routine, I’ll be able to get back into the regular rhythm of posting on this site! Take CARE until then!

To the Brave 22 Women Who Told Us What Trump Did to Them

TW/CW: Sexual and verbal violence.

To the brave women who came forward with the truth of what Trump did to you:

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Evangelexit Interview

TW/CW: Discussion of Donald Trump and violence.

To My Muslim Friends

To my Muslim friends, I am so, so sorry. I see that 81 percent of white evangelicals, both from the working and professional classes, from the old Rust Belt to the deepest parts of the old Confederacy, voted for Donald Trump. I see that 15 percent (according to a pre-election survey) of non-white evangelicals were likely to do the same, helping to make him the most powerful person on the planet. He demonized you, turned people’s fears against you, and incited radical Christian terrorists to harass, beat, and even kill your friends and family members.

The Muslim Community Miraj Center in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Oct. 14, 2016. Spray painted on the wall are the words “Donald Trump,” “Fuck Allah,” and “Fuck Arabs.” Photo: Huffington Post. Click the photo to read more.

And many people from my faith community, the evangelical community, barely mumbled a word of protest, much less acknowledged that they even noticed what was happening.

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What’s Really Deplorable? Evangelical Rape Culture

Trigger/content warning: This post deals with Donald Trump’s descriptions of how he has sexually assaulted and harassed women, as well as with the responses of several prominent male evangelicals who are downplaying his remarks.
C. S. Lewis’ children’s novel The Magician’s Nephew tells of the earliest days of Narnia, a magical place made most famous by his earlier classic,The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. There is a term in The Magician’s Nephew which I have never seen used at any other time by anyone – until this presidential campaign.

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