I am 32 years old. I am a long distance, open water swimmer. My dream is to be the first woman to swim across Lake Michigan (50 miles) and to be the first woman to swim a double crossing across the Straits of Mackinaw (10 miles). I swam 5 miles this summer in the Straits of Mackinaw in Michigan (USA). I had a mile to go but the currents pulled me off course. The water temps were in the mid 50's and had to get pulled out of the water by my rescue crew after 5 hours and 15 minutes, due to hypothermia. I did it all to raise awareness for mental illness, and suicide prevention. I raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I struggle every day to find the hope to live life with mental illness. I suffer with Bipolar-2 disorder, PTSD, BPD, Adult ADD, and depression.
I am passionate about bringing awareness to mental health illnesses and suicide prevention (I attempted in 1997) and have self injured since I was about 8.
My hope is that when you find this page you will find a bit of inspiration, a bit of hope and a bit of who I am and what I love.
*Note: I do not claim any of the images on this page as my own (unless they are actually mine). If you are the artist and I failed to credit your work properly please let me know.
I don’t know if rape jokes encourage rape culture. I don’t care. You still shouldn’t tell them.
Statistically, if you have told a rape joke to a group of more than five people, one of the people you told it to was a rape survivor, possibly of multiple rapes. They will not necessarily disclose this to you; rape apologism is endemic in society and most rape survivors are cautious about whom they tell. Some may even be too ashamed of their rape to admit it to anyone, or because of rape-minimizing narratives like “men can’t be raped” and “I consented to oral, so I couldn’t have been raped” may not admit it even to themselves. The fact remains: if you’ve told dozens of rape jokes in your life, then you have almost certainly told a joke that minimizes or trivializes rape in front of a survivor.
And if you put as your Facebook status “I totally raped at Halo today” for your two hundred Facebook friends to see, statistically, you have just reminded thirty-three people of one of the worst experiences of their entire lives.
To describe how well you did at a video game.