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Women are wearing red lipstick to support sexual assault survivors for #RedMyLips campaign
The hashtag was started by a rape victim who wanted to fight back.
Most women have donned a red lip before spending a night on the town. But a movement called Red My Lips has taken the red lip and turned it into a symbol of female empowerment in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
This month, women are encouraged to rock a red lip “to stand in solidarity with survivors and refuse to be invisible.” Some are sharing encouraging messages for sexual assault survivors along with photos of their bold lips. Others are simply using the #RedMyLips hashtag to show their support.
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I refuse to be invisble. The problem does not lie with tight or revealing clothes, makeup, or by letting your guard down. The problem lies with one person’s DECISION to overpower and violate the body and spirit of another 💋💋 #redmylips #stopvictimblaming #dontbesilent #sexualviolence #helpraiseawareness
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Even men are getting involved.
This incredible #Warrior reached out to us way back in January asking how men can participate in #RedMyLips. Yesterday, he sent us this. @bongamthiyane28, you are tremendous. Thank you for giving us permission to share your #powerful message. #breakthesilence #speakout
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Red My Lips. Showing my support for the Red My Lips campaingn against woman and child abuse. Let us unite and stop the abuse of two of the greatest blessings that God has given this world. No woman or child deserves to be treated in that way and it is up to us to be the voices of those that are too scared to speak out. Especially as men, we need to show that there are some of us out there that want to fight for them and not with them and try restore their faith in us. It is time for us to mam up. #redmylips #redlipscampaign #fightabuse #standup #speakout #berealmen #womenaregifts #childrenaregifts #fightforthem
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Red My Lips was started by Danielle Tansino in 2012. According to the organization’s website, Tansino was raped in 2011 when she was 29 years old. She had a traumatic experience with the justice system, which culminated in her being told by a female district attorney that “jurors don’t like girls that drink.” So she decided to channel her anger into raising awareness about sexual violence and victim blaming.
The #redmylips hashtag already has more than 9000 entries on Instagram—and it’s only the second day of April. And according to the Red My Lips Instagram account, people in 99 countries have gotten involved with the cause.
There are now #Warriors from an incredible 99 countries! If you are interested in helping support the cause, please check out our website www.redmylips.org (the link is in our profile) and click ‘Get Involved.’ And don’t forget to tag us @redmylipsorg in your #RedMyLips2015 pics! And make sure you take good care of you #lips in the next day or so. They’re going to be busy pretty soon! 😉 #redmylips #speakout #raiseyourvoice #rapemyths #victimblaming #globalmovement #culturechange #supportALLsurvivors #solidarity #sexualviolence #awareness
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This is the one month of the year when it’s okay to do duck face.
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Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.