Government, Military, Politics, Pull your head from your ass, Venting

There is only one race, the HUMAN race.

Welcome back blog readers,

I know that there has been an influx of posts over the last few days; if you’re following along you know why I’m fired up. I will do my best to say on the topic and give a quick reminder that I don’t work with notes or drafts (which may explain why I drift off of the topic for a bit). That is my preferred writing style, just off of the cuff unfiltered and unapologetic.

As the title states, there is only one race, the human race. With that said, we have proved to be the most intelligent species on this planet. We have created/developed medicine and ways to cure (most) diseases. We have advanced technology from fire to electricity to wireless and putting satellites in orbit. We’ve been to space and we have evolved, that’s right EVOLVED a great deal since the first human/cave person (you get the idea).

When we work together with a common goal in mind, we get great results. Think about all of the fundraising efforts that have been a great success like; Doctors Without Borders, Veterans of Foreign Wars FoundationAmerican Heart Association, Global Giving, Wildlife Conservation Society, there are countless examples of us coming together to make a positive difference in this world. The key word there is coming together.

As smart as we are, as highly developed as we have become we still manage to be our own worse enemy.  We have created laws, rules and government policies to keep ourselves in check and to maintain a sense of order to avoid chaos and anarchy. We have government officials that are supposed to be working together, but somehow they’ve managed to divide themselves into parties and they can’t seem to agree on anything, therefore we the people suffer. Neither party want to compromise, they are not willing to budge or admit that they might be wrong, it’s just one big pissing contest.

We have organized multiple branches of military to help keep us safe, to protect our borders, to maintain the peace, to patrol the international waters. Positions in the military should to be highly respected, no matter the branch or the rank. For the most-part, us common folk or civilians as we are called do have great respect for those men and women that serve our country.

As highly trained as these men and women are some of them don’t have respect for each other in the sense that it’s become another pissing contest as to (some not all) Marines feel that they are the biggest/baddest branch and all other branches of military are somehow not worthy or don’t deserve the same level of respect. I know you’ve seen the memes and various posts from Marines claiming to be better than those serving in the Army (most popular example).

What kind of message does that send when we have one group that puts their lives on the line looking down on other groups that also risk their lives. It’s like they’re still in high school and the jocks are bullying the nerds. Keep in mind that without the nerds our advancements in technology might not exist.

There is a time and place to be competative when it’s a matter of sports when there is a winning team with a trophy. This does not apply to the government or the military, there is no need to compete amongst yourselves, YOU ARE ON THE SAME TEAM!

While I’m on the topic of the military, it is my opinion that any citizen of legal age, good health (pass the medical screening) and is able to get through basic training should be allowed to serve/protect their country, that includes members of the LGBTQ community. Let’s be honest, they have been serving right along and it’s not that they are the issue, it’s the (homo/trans) phobics within the government that are making it an issue. They have the same civic duty as any heterosexual citizen, so if they want to join willingly, let them serve their country.

While the government likes to boast about the size of  “their” military and they are so quick to deploy them, you would think the government would do more to support them after they come home. Most of our government officials (those in congress/senate and even the president) have never served a single day, nor do they want their kids to sign up/risk being deployed. Our government officals get paid very generously to argue amongst themselves, push papers and have pissing contests, even after they are out of office and retired. Many members of our military don’t have the same cushy retirement package, but they should because they have earned it. Members of the military (and their immediate family) should never be denied medical/dental care, mental health care or wonder where their next meal is coming from, they deserve better.

My long winded point is, We as humans need clean water, clean air, and food that is not tainted, we need basic medical care, basic dental care, afforable housing, a decent minimum wage, and the freedom to make our own choice when it comes to our body. Farmers should be able to run their business without the government/big companies stepping in. The corruption and greed needs to stop, the egos should be checked at the door and we need to remember that we are on the same team. Since we don’t have a government that is truly working for the people, we the people need to work together to change that. Register to vote, let your voice be heard at the polls.

Chose to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. ~ Hannah

 

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Crime/Punishment, Criminal Justice, Mental Abuse, Politics, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Speaking from Experience, Stigma/Taboo, Victims of sexual abuse/sexual assualt

Consent, Respect and Believe

believe-survivors

 

I’m back to talk about consent, boundaries and believing survivors. I will keep talking about this because there are still so many people that are quick to judge survivors for coming forward. These people are so quick to judge for one of two reasons, perhaps both apply.

Reason one: They have been fortunate to have never experienced any form of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, molested, raped. Reason two: They support an abuser, sexual predator or they are a sexual predator which makes me think we should pay particular attention to those that bash victims.

I will point out that those sexual predators that are convicted of rape/sexual abuse are housed together in prison, away from the general population for THEIR protection.  Why do you think that is? Even murderers, members of gangs and the rest of those in Gen Pop find rapists disgusting, less than human scumbags. I’ll let that sink in. This is not my opinion, this is a FACT.

I know what’s coming next, Where’s your proof, Hannah? How can you say such things without proof? This is exactly what I’ve had to deal with in a recent twitter war when I made the statement that sexual predators stick together/protect each other in a tweet that mentioned Trump was in full support of Kavanaugh. I also made the comparison that this type of behavior is how the churches have been able to get away with abusing so many kids, they protect each other, turn a blind eye and cover it up.

The twitter poster and I exchanged six or seven comments each, to which he (I assume it was a he I was dealing with) kept insisting that I show “PROOF.” Honestly, it was like having a conversation with a toddler that keeps asking Why.  First of all, I don’t need proof to form an opinion, I know that won’t sit well with some of you, but hear me out. Opinions are NOT based on facts, opinions are personal preferences much like trying to agree on pizza toppings. No one is right or wrong, it’s based on preference or in the case of pizza, a matter of taste.

If I had come out with “I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT TRUMP IS A SEXUAL PREDATOR,” then yes I better cite my sources and have proof to back it up. My opinions are based on interviews Trump has given, statements he has made on the record and as a person that has endured several accounts of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, I recognize certain behaviors/phrases that are common with sexual predators. That is why I feel strongly that Trump is a sexual predator. I will not apologize, I will not retract my statement. Trump supporters lose their minds when their orange idol has something not so nice being said about him. Honestly, he does that to himself.

If you’re a regular follower of this blog, then you have a good idea as to the many reasons why victims don’t come forward right away. There are people that still don’t grasp those reasons and think the sole reason that some of us come forward many years later is for a big payout.

Let me make this as clear as possible… Those of us that have been sexually assaulted, sexually abused, raped or molested feel too ashamed, too embarrassed, too scared to admit that we had been taken advantage of, that we had been violated. We don’t want to call attention to ourselves knowing how we will be judged and made to feel after we do share our experience. Society has made sure to shame us, make us think that we are crazy, try to convince us that we are not remembering the event correctly.

It’s ironic, the fact that there is so much pressure and emphasis to have a witness, to which there rarely is a witness, yet somehow those who don’t know us, they weren’t there seem to have an opinion as to how things went down. THIS IS A PROBLEM!!!!!

Countless survivors have come forward, we speak up which takes a great deal of courage, WE WERE THERE, yet we are not believed, we are made to relive our trauma over, and over, and over. Believe me when I say that when we do come forward, we are not doing it for the fame and fortune. We come forward when we are ready. We come forward when we see an abuser looking to gain a position of power, and we feel it is our civic duty to come forward with information that should help keep them from gaining that advantage. You’re welcome… None of us are thanked for coming forward. Instead, we are met with disbelief and instant accusations of being gold diggers. Some of us will never come forward, and that’s okay too. Our actions to come forward are not an act of seeking revenge, but more about trying to prevent our abuser to continue abusing others or making laws that take away our rights.

I see that I’ve gone off topic slightly…

I realize that the concept of consent is confusing for many people, so I’ll do my best to clear that up. Consent, as it applies to engaging in sexual activities, means that both partners agree that it is okay to keep going. Getting consent is the equivalent of getting a YES or a similar phrase that lets you know that your partner is on board, you have permission.

Where this gets muddled is when a couple starts off with consent and one partner changes their mind (for whatever reason) and they say NO, STOP,  I’m NOT READY or any phrase/action like pulling away that is a clear indicator to STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING. If you are on the receiving end of a NO, this is not personal and is not a reflection of you in any way. Respect that NO means NO. If you love your partner and truly care and respect them, you will stop and acknowledge their boundaries. If you insist on continuing what you’ve started, now forcing your partner to continue against their free will, you have crossed a line that you can not come back from. You are a rapist.

If you don’t want to be known as a rapist, or you don’t want to register on the list of sex offenders, then don’t force someone to take part in sexual activities against their will. It’s that simple.

What about teenagers that are experimenting? NO means NO.

What about when an 18-year-old is dating a 16-year-old? In most areas, 16 is the legal age for consent. Still, NO means NO.

What about when an 18-year-old is dating a 15-year-old? The 18-year-old is taking a huge risk, and NO still means NO.

What about a married couple, there’s got to be an exception made for that, right? No exception here. Your spouse doesn’t owe you anything. Being married doesn’t give you a free pass to have your way with them. This is known as Domestic Sexual Abuse and NO still means NO. If you find yourself in this position, your spouse is not respecting your boundaries and continues to treat you as their personal sex slave, GET OUT of that marriage if counseling doesn’t work and the marriage is not salvageable.

I have endured this type of abuse as well, it is very real and often is not viewed as rape, when it is exactly rape. Your spouse should want to engage willingly, not made to lay there and take it because they owe you or you feel it falls under the “for better or for worse” section of your vows. Find another way to get out your pent up frustration/aggression and leave your spouse alone. Learn to accept the phrase “Not Tonight, or Not Now” as NO.

A person that truly loves you and respects you will not take advantage of you or make you feel like shit for saying NO.

What about casual sex? Casual sex is perfectly fine as long as consent is freely given by both parties. Agree on a safe word if that helps to establish a level of comfort and honor that.

How can I avoid being accused of rape? Don’t force yourself in a sexual manner on someone else. Don’t continue any sexual activity when your partner says NO, Stop, pulls away, changes their mind in the middle of what is happening. If your partner breaks down in tears, shows signs of being scared or nervous, respect their boundaries. Don’t give in to peer pressure or to the idea that all of the cool kids are doing it, so should you.

Have respect for yourself as well as respect for your partner.

Don’t drug your partner (or potential partner). Don’t take advantage of a person while they are intoxicated, even if they appear to be of sound mind at that time. Don’t go in for a sneak attack and catch another person off guard by putting your hands on them and touching/groping/fondling them. That is not appropriate and unacceptable behavior, and chances are, you did not get consent to do so. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will. KIDS ARE ALWAYS OFF LIMITS. The short answer is, if you don’t want to be accused of rape, then don’t be a rapist.

Rape is not a result of what the female was wearing. Rape is not the result of a woman jogging alone, minding her business as she tries to stay fit.  I actually read a comment from a guy that claimed that if you don’t want to get raped, avoid being alone with a man. What the actual HELL!!!! It’s statements like this that make me think this guy is a rapist. Similar statements have been made by the president of the USA. So what, women now and forever need to use a buddy system and all men are not to be trusted to keep their hands to themselves? That is the message he is sending on the post he started about why he doesn’t believe survivors.

The act of rape is not accidental, it is done with intent. I will not budge on that statement.

Our sex drives are not equal, not all humans crave sexual interaction 24/7? While yes, males tend to have a higher sex drive and tend to crave it more often. Just as there are many women that have the same urges/needs. Some of us have a sex drive that is somewhere in the middle, and some of us are content with having less sexual interactions. All of which are normal by the way, so don’t let someone make you feel that you are inadequate in any way.

If you find that you do crave sexual interaction frequently to the point where your day is often disrupted, please consider seeking help as you may have an addiction. I’m not judging or shaming, just pointing out that it is a possibility.

This is not a male bashing post. I recognize that boys/men are also victims and come forward less often than females do, and that’s okay. Sometimes it only takes one survivor to come forward to make a difference. Sometimes the courage of that one survivor will encourage other survivors to come forward. Think about that next time a highly influential person is accused of rape, and several victims come forward to stand together for support as they seek justice. Not having the courage to be in the public stoplight and having their name in headlines is not an indicator that they were not sexually assaulted. Acknowledge the fact that they came forward as proof against their abuser.

Learn to RESPECT Boundaries, Learn to RESPECT yourself, Give CONSENT freely, Get CONSENT, any sign of hesitation from you or your partner is an automatic NO. You don’t owe anybody anything nor should anyone feel that they are owed.

Believe Survivors!

Otherwise, I have to assume that you support sexual predators and you are part of the problem.

#MeToo, #MenToo, #KidsToo, #IBelieveSurvivors

 

 

Politics, Venting

Political Venting

Good day blog readers,

I usually try to avoid topics that are political. I can respect your choice and views that are different from my own especially if you provide proof that helps to make your point.

What I don’t like are those people that share their views based on hatred and ignorance alone. They don’t do any research, they jump on the bandwagon and spew their vile comments while passing judgment on others.

Do I have any experience in politics? No.  Am I a registered voter? As a US citizen, Yes. As a permanent resident of Canada, I do not have the right to vote in this country.

While I don’t claim to support the Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Green, Independent or any other party 100%; My voting in the past was for the Democratic candidates B. Clinton, Obama, and H. Clinton.  For me, they all seemed to be the lesser of two evils. Especially in the last election where the options were a businessman/celebrity with seemingly no political experience or a woman who has devoted her entire career to politics and has experience as a first lady.

One of the big topics for discussion as it relates to Trump is his way of handling the illegal immigrants and separating the children from their families. I do not agree with his methods, and I don’t see how this is a solution.  Many supporters are quick to admit and point out that Bush and Obama did the same thing while in office, as a justification as to why it’s perfectly okay. I don’t feel that this method is okay at all. In fact, I am quick to remind those that do agree with Trump that just because that is how other presidents handled this issue, doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way.

Children born in the US are US citizens, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter where their parents are from, what country they fled to reside in the USA. Those children are US citizens. I feel that Trump’s actions are just another means of bullying to get what he wants. I’d like to know if the children are given the option to stay with family in the US before they are forcefully removed from their parents. In the end, it’s those children that are innocent that will suffer.

There is such a negative stigma around immigrants, which I don’t agree with. I’m going to be brutally honest, so prepare yourself…….. If you are not 100% Native American (any tribe), then you come from a line of immigrants.  Why are we (as a society) so hung up on people (refugees) that leave their country (often by force) to have the chance at a better life? Would you not do the same if your country was at war and that war was in your backyard?

When America prides itself on being the land of the free, a land of opportunity where do you think refugees will want to start their lives if given the chance?

Refugees come the the USA to start a better life, to get away from the war, terror, and violence. They come over to a country where they have to learn to speak, read, write a new language. They come to the USA to work, to be independent, to provide for their families even if that means working a shitty job for shitty pay 40+ hours each week. That is called determination.

Rather than tearing families apart, why not help the immigrants by expediting the paperwork process? They just want to continue working and living just as the rest of us. Contrary to what the popular belief is, they are not stealing our jobs nor are they a hindrance to the healthcare system. Undocumented immigrants are unlikely to call attention to themselves or their family for fear of being deported.

The advancement of technology, outsourcing out of country, and the economy are the main reasons for the lack of jobs. Obesity, heart disease and people going the to ER for their case of the sniffles is a hindrance to the healthcare system.

As with most things, politics is one of those where you either agree or you don’t. I’m perfectly fine with a difference of opinion, I just don’t understand the name calling, the slinging of insults or the constant pointing of fingers. No matter if Hillary won, people would still be acting the same way and bashing her for her efforts.

We are adults, let’s start acting like it! Choose to be part of the solution and stop being part of the problem. Don’t be afraid to suggest other options, better solutions especially if the way thing are being handled isn’t humane, civil and continues to traumatize the younger generation.

Just my two cents….. ~Hannah