July 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Let’s Be Real, a movement by young people for young people about relationships. To share our learnings from a year of movement-making and celebrate the accomplishments of the youth who drive it, Break the Cycle staff members reflects on their experiences working with Let’s Be Real in a 4 part blog series. Amy Sanchez, Break the Cycle’s CEO, begins the series by speaking to the national implications of what can be accomplished when we follow the lead of young people.
The case that shook the music industry: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke. In 2014, Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) filed for a contractual break from her long-time music producer, Dr. Luke, in a suit stating that he had sexually, verbally, emotionally, and physically abused her for years. As we so often see when a survivor comes forward, people divided into camps: pro-Kesha and pro-Dr. Luke.
In May of 2017, I attended the Consolidated Youth Spring Institute, Building a Framework for Success in Chicago, Illinois. It’s here that I felt confirmation that as young people, we’re not the future of advocacy and change; we’re the now.
The power of a song is something special, and the messages that music sends can have an enormous impact.
June is an important month at Break the Cycle. June is PRIDE, a month where we celebrate collective movement, connection and power of LGBTQ*1 communities. PRIDE began in 1970—as a way to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, NYC. The police raid that led to the riots at the Stonewall Inn was a symptom of a society that was unwelcoming of LGBTQ* individuals and oppressive on LGBTQ* concerns and issues.
This is Real Stories - a blog by Let's Be Real members about their experiences with relationships, dating, and daily life. LBR is a movement by young people for young people about relationships.
**TRIGGER WARNING** This blog post discusses details of sexual violence including harassment and rape. It also includes details on mental health, suicide, and suicide ideation.
The TRAILBLAZERS series highlights the intersectional identities of activists and changemakers in the gender-based violence and domestic/sexual violence prevention movements. For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we worked with No More to highlight activists working to end sexual violence.
April is nearly over, and as we reflect on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, think of ways that you can continue this conversation throughout the year. Many of you have heard the statistics of women who will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and on college campuses; those statistics are alarming, to say the least.
Every 98 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted.1 Despite this, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators of sexual violence will ever be incarcerated.2 How then, when 994 of every 1,000 perpetrators of sexual violence walk free,3 can we possibly attempt to fulfill the needs for validation, resources, and hope that survivors deserve?