Now I’m not normally a lipstick girl (I tend to look like a 2-year old trying to color inside the lines), but have decided to make an exception for April in support of an amazing cause. I will be rocking red lipstick each day to raise awareness about sexual violence and speak out against victimizing.
Red My Lips is a global awareness campaign with a mission to educate the world about sexual violence and give a voice to a community that often goes unheard. The fierce and fearless supporters rock red lipstick all throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, to demonstrate solidarity and support for survivors and start important conversations with people in their lives. The empowerment of my fellow women is near to my heart as seen is my Operation Beautiful project. In college, I had a nonconsenual incident that I regret not doing more about. In the moment, it felt impossible to speak up. I am not alone. Statistics show that I am one in four that this will happen. This chills me to the bones.
It is crazy to assume that rape only happens to ‘those girls’ who gave ‘mixed signals,’ or ‘put themselves in a bad situation’ and ‘drank too much.’ By shaming, blaming or writing off survivors who come forward, we only show other women that they are wise to keep quiet about these horrendous acts.
Why red lipstick?
Red lips are thought to be seductive, so may seem contradictory to the cause. One of the most common misconceptions about sexual violence is that it is provoked by sexual attraction or desire, which leads us to blame victims based on what they were wearing, how ‘sexy’ they looked, or if they were being flirtatious. Red lipstick seems a fitting weapon to combat these damaging myths.
Sexual violence can remain an invisible issue, as the stigma and shame associated with these acts leave many victims suffering in silence. Red lipstick is visible and encourages wearers to be seen and heard. It gives us an easy way to begin important conversations with those in our lives, while demonstrating solidarity and support for all those affected.
How will people know that I am wearing red lipstick for Red My Lips?
Unless you wear red lipstick on a daily basis, sporting such a bold color for an entire month will cause people to take notice. Though wearing red lipstick alone can be a powerful gesture of support, it also gives an easy way to begin important conversations. So, we encourage participants to SPEAK!!!
What about the guys?
You can (and should) get involved too! This is not a women’s issue, it’s a human’s issue. And no, you don’t have to wear lipstick.
- Asked a red-lippped friend to kiss you on the cheek.
- Paint one nail red or (better yet!) paint red lips on your nails!
- Wear clothes or accessories that have red lips or lip prints on them.
- Print a large picture of red lips and put it on the back window of your car with the words “Red My Lips” and the website.
- Give your dog a lipstick kiss and bring them to the dog park.
- Draw red lips on your hand.
- Put a streak of red in your mustache or beard .
- Wear red sneakers to ‘stand in solidarity’ with survivors.
- Wear red lipstick for a photo and then make that your profile picture for the month. Make sure to explain and link the the cause!
- Get creative, the possibilities are endless!
No let’s not be all talk, no action here. I have set up a fundraising page, Well Red, and I would love your support in this amazing cause! Think we can hit $500 in 30 days? I do!
Join the Facebook event and share with our friends. Let’s wear it loud and clear!