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Eve Ensler: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…

I believe in the power of an individual’s story. Rape is rape.

“Dear Todd Akin,

I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies.

I am in Congo but I could be writing this from anywhere in the United States, South Africa, Britain, Egypt, India, Philippines, most college campuses in America. I could be writing from any city or town or village where over half a billion women on the planet are raped in their lifetime.

Mr. Akin, your words have kept me awake.” Read more here: Eve Ensler: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine….


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2 thoughts on “Eve Ensler: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…

  1. I am with you on your letter to that jerk. What right does he have to say rape by any other word is not rape? Women have rights too, how would he like it if some man raped him? would he call it a legal rape or just a playful rape?

  2. I certainly feel your anger – and I’m sure the author of the original article does as well. :/

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