The recent rape case in Steubenville has sparked national media attention and has given a voice to survivors everywhere. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is implementing a five-year plan to get rape crisis services and education into every county in Ohio, and this came about because of the awareness that was raised from this case.
In addition, during the week of the trial, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center saw a huge increase in the number of calls made to its intake department, calls that came from survivors seeking therapeutic services.
We have to have powerful allies in our government in order to end sexual violence, but it’s also important that we have on the ground activists implementing this work and creating social change in our communities.
We have to create allies out of everyone, from the teacher who lives next door, to the high-school cheerleader and the neighborhood chiropractor. It’s important that we give everyone the power and the tools to end sexual violence.
That is why I helped to start I Will End Sexual Violence, a national social media campaign that asks people to make a personal commitment to ending sexual violence in their lives, communities and beyond.
I Will End Sexual Violence is run through Tumblr and is filled with information and resources for activists and survivors alike.
This work is important for people everywhere, as one in three women and one in six men will be victims of sexual violence. We all know a survivor, and it’s time we empower them to share their stories and give everyone the power to end the violence. It’s time we start asking what will you do to end sexual violence?
Erin McKelle Fischer
Burden of the national debt
In response to the March 21 letter “Do the math,” the letter writer’s numbers aren’t the ones that scare me. Most of us are becoming immune to the big numbers that apply to the whole of government and those 10-year projected costs and savings. Maybe that is the plan.
I’m scared by what the numbers mean to you and me. A $16.5 trillion national debt breaks down to over $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.
That’s over $150,000 for each of us who actually files with the IRS; or, if we can trust the rhetoric from last November, $300,000 for each of us who actually pays federal income taxes.
A woman for president
I believe that it’s important for the U.S. to seriously consider a woman president. There are and have been many good women leaders running countries throughout the world.
The likes of Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and many others have accepted the reins of their country and, for the most part, have proved worthy.
America is different; most countries would have a problem competing politically and economically with any of the large states in America.
As protector of and arbiter of liberty in the world, the operating of civil, military and economic features of the U.S. is daunting.
This, in itself, would not exclude any woman, but should have excluded any number of men who have taken on the job recently.
Who can we find? Who will step forward? I would place a woman under the same scrutiny that I would any man. Items I would consider include experience, honesty, moral character, love of the Constitution, stance on First and Second Amendments, stance on abortion (a major problem in U.S.), political philosophy and profession.
I’m looking for a person who will be a good fit in most of the areas of concern for America and for my family. Right now, I do not see any candidate, male or female, I could support.
Let’s see what happens in the next few years.
Politicians and their allegiance
As with most Americans, I understand and agree with our election process, different blocs of people (political parties) selecting a person to run for a position based on who they feel will represent that bloc’s core ideals. The general public then chooses candidates it feels will best perform the duties of the office. It’s a good system and has served our country well.
My thoughts are that this process is very similar to an individual going to an employment office and gaining its trust and using its help to gain employment of a better nature.
My question is: Do the people elected (or employed) owe primary allegiance to the political party (or agency) that helped them attain office, or to the voting public (or employer) that placed them in their current position?
It’s a reasonable conjecture that those who are paying you (the employer or the voters) are deserving of your time and allegiance.
Just as the hiring manager in your business felt that you would be the best choice to improve and perform in his sector, he or she also felt you would be best suited to enhance the overall company.
What about politicians? Their political parties felt they were good choices to run for office, and their local voters felt they were the best to serve their interests, but voters also expect politicians to work in the best interest of the country as a whole.
Now is the time for public servants to put aside their misplaced priorities and allegiance to political parties and, instead, become statesmen and women for the good of our country.
Everything in life is a compromise; there is very little that is black or white. Our leaders must learn to reach out to others to find compromise on their viewpoints.
They must remember there are approximately 234 million citizens of the U.S. of voting age, their employers, and all indications lead to the undeniable fact that voters are growing tired of poor performance on the job.
They are growing tired of leaders unable to put aside petty differences to make a difference.
Politicians should answer the call, become statesmen and women who make a difference. I am just one citizen, just one voter, but one of a potential 234 million voters.