QUOTE UNQUOTE

2012-2013

 

A series of 8 posters examining the current “war on women.” Quotes by famous women are juxtaposed with pertinent information about rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, abortion, and pending legislation. The imagery is sourced from screen grabs of internet searches on “the war on women 2012-2013.”

 

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The FBI’s definition of “forcible rape” is: “The carnal knowledge of a female body forcibly and against her will.” This definition does not include oral or anal rape, rape with an object, partner rape, incest, raping a child, rape where the victim was unconscious, or male rape.

 

The SAFER ACT is a no-cost bill that will create the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER), which will track the status of DNA evidence collected in rape. A huge backlog of DNA evidence exists. Until evidence is sent to the labs for forensic analysis and rapists are identified, those criminals remain free to attack more victims.

 

Nearly 1 in 5 (18.3%) women living in the U.S. has been raped or has experienced an attempted rape and 1 in 4 women have reported being beaten by their intimate partner.

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TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE, AND ONE IS THAT I WOULD RATHER GO NAKED THAN WEAR THE COAT THE WORD HAS MADE FOR ME. Dorothy Allison

 

The FBI’s definition of “forcible rape” is: “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” This definition does not include oral or anal rape, rape with an object, partner rape, incest or raping a child, rape where the victim was unconscious, or male rape.
 

The SAFER Act is a no-cost bill that will create the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER), which will track the status of DNA evidence collected in rape. A huge backlog of DNA evidence exists. Until evidence is sent to labs for analysis and rapists are identified, those criminals remain free to attack more victims.

 

1 in 5 women living in the U.S. has been raped or has experienced an attempted rape and 1 in 4 women have been reported being beaten by their intimate partner.

 

THE MASTER'S TOOLS WILL NEVER DISMANTLE THE MASTER'S HOUSE. Audre Lorde


17% of the U.S. House of Representatives are women. In Rwanda, 56% are women. Iraq, China, and Cuba all have more women in the legislature than the U.S.

 

The U.S. ranks 71st in female legislative representation worldwide.

 

There are currently no women of color in the Senate.

 

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) combats rape and domestic violence and provides tools for law enforcement to crack down on abusers and rapists. First passed in 1994, the bill was reauthorized unanimously by Congress in 2000 and 2005. In April 2012, the Senate voted to reauthorize VAWA, but conservatives in the House fiercely opposed it. The House passed its own measure, but eliminated improved provisions of the Senate bill that protected Native American, LGBTQ, and immigrant victims.

 

GRAB THE BROOM OF ANGER AND DRIVE OFF THE BEAST OF FEAR. Zora Neale Hurston

 

If a U.S. woman in uniform is raped and becomes pregnant, Congress bars military insurance from paying for an abortion. If a woman in the Peace Corps becomes pregnant, Congress bars coverage of an abortion -- and there is no exception even if she is raped or her life is in danger. 

When teenagers in places like Darfur or Somalia survive gang rapes, humanitarian aid organizations cannot use U.S. funds to provide an abortion.

 

WOMEN ON WAVES sails a Dutch ship to places where abortion is illegal. It brings reproductive health services, including early medical abortions with pills, to women living in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Dutch law allows doctors to provide abortions until 6.5 weeks as long as the ship is outside territorial waters of countries that outlaw the procedure. 

 

 

IF THEY COME FOR ME IN THE MORNING, THEY WILL COME FOR YOU IN THE NIGHT. Angela Davis

 

During 2011-2012, there was an unprecedented legislative agenda by Republican lawmakers to limit women's access to abortion and contraception. U.S. legislators in all 50 states introduced more than 1000 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. 135 of these were adopted and 68% restrict access to abortion services.

 

87% of all U.S. counties have no identifiable abortion provider. In non-metropolitan areas, the figure rises to 97%. As a result, many women are forced to travel burdensome distances to reach the nearest abortion provider.

 

Do we really want to return to a time when women and girls filled our emergency rooms with serious complications from abortions like hemorrhaging, gangrene, perforations of the uterus, rampant infections, shock, and poisoning?