Disability and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Blue hand holding a blue microphone in bottom left corner. Text says: "If you are a survivor of sexual violence, let it be known that I believe you. I believe that you are a survivor and I believe that you are a strong, beautiful disabled woman. And one is not the cause of the other." - Leah Smith

Given that our society normalizes rape culture and male dominance and power, April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in an effort to address this problem. While LETA Solutions disagrees that we need only a month to even attempt to address this long-standing pandemic, I will take this opportunity to raise my fist in solidarity with women* across the globe.

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#FreeGrace and The School To Prison Pipeline

Image of a brown fist raised. Text reads #FreeGrace.

On July 22, 2020, Her Power! wrote an open letter supporting Grace, who was a 15 year-old girl with disabilities that was incarcerated after a judge ruled that she had violated her probation by not completing her online coursework when her school moved to remote learning. As part of the #FreeGrace Campaign, Grace received letters from across the globe.

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In Memory of Myrtle

Image Description: Myrtle is pictured hugging one of HER POWER! camp counselors.

In many ways, Myrtle was years ahead of her time. As a woman with a disability, she was raised in a time in which no one even thought about disability as part of human diversity, much less as anything outside of ‘wheelchairs’ and ‘crutches.’ However, every year, without fail, Myrtle came for ‘Sunday Fun Day’ at Her Power!

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Dear Grace

July 22, 2020

Dear Grace,

From all of us who have lived in a world that did not accommodate our disability, in a society that is not accepting of the skin we live in and for all of the times we have been misunderstood, we want you to know that we see you and we support you.

While the country has been grappling with both racial injustice and a national pandemic, it appears that you are directly facing the racism and ableism on an individual scale that the country needs to solve on a national level.

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