"Your story was EXCELLENT and I ran it on the front page of the March 2013 issue. http://www.thestreetspirit.org/one-billion-rising/ I was so proud to publish your work. Thanks so much for your fantastic work!!!"...Terry Messman; Editor of The Street Spirit, Berkeley, California
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"Don't Touch Our Bodies Without Permission.....ONE BILLION RISING!" BY Judy Joy Jones
I hear a woman screaming in the night, do you? I hear a woman screaming in the night and I am going to do everything within my power to make certain that every woman's scream is heard through eternity.
The Vagina Monologues author, Eve Ensler started ONE BILLION RISING so that all women, in every country on our globe will rise together shouting, "NO MORE, NO MORE". And I have proudly joined them.
One in three women on earth will be raped and beaten during their lifetimes. I have to repeat that statistic in order for my mind to really take it in; One in three women on earth will be raped and beaten during their lifetimes.
Actress Jane Fonda along with many other celebrities, joined forces with One Billion Rising sharing with the audience that her Mother was sexually abused as a child which was the reason she committed suicide at the age of 44. Jane went on to tell the story of her grandmother being abused.
I have personally experienced rape and decided at the time it happened, to sue. I was not doing it for the monetary rewards, but instead to get it on the law books one more time, "Don't Touch Our Bodies Without Permission".
Alone, on foot, without much money, two years later I finally found an attorney who didn't slam the door in my face after hearing the word 'Rape'. Two years! I was told it was too soon to sue over a thing such as 'Rape'. The attorneys threatened that I would end up being made the criminal if my case were ever to go to court. The police asked me if I was a prostitute and the rapist said he hoped he had made babies in my tummy while he patted it. Then he offered me money saying he knew women of the night like me, needed it.
I had just returned from Harlem, New York City, writing for the newspaper about my volunteer experience with homeless women and children at Mother Teresa's shelter. No, I told the police, I was not a prositute and they informed me they would have to put my case on the back burner as they had another rapist loose who was attacking elderly women. But they added, they would be happy to give me a ride to the emergency room in order for me to have 'The Rape Test'.
A male police officer drove me to the hospital. Sitting in the backseat of the squad car, tears streamed down my cheeks as I heard and felt every woman on the earth who had been raped, their fears, anger, pain and I could hear my own heart silently screaming that this was all a bad dream. I knew I would wake up tomorrow and it would be gone. It wasn't and wouldn't be as long as one woman was being raped, beaten and murdered..It would never be 'all gone' until that day came.
After all, I had just returned from Harlem, NYC, writing articles for a newspaper about the rewards of volunteering for homeless women and children so I wasn't bad, or was I? How many times had I heard that everything that happenes to us was 'Karma' and that bad things only happen because we choose them too. Oh My God...the more I tried to rationalize, the harder it became for me to control my emotions and controlling my emotions was all I had left at that moment.
The nurse that plucked the hairs from my vagina told me that I should feel at peace since the rapist would have to go through the same horridly painful test. And since the police had again informed me my case was being put on hold in order for them to concentrate on the rash of violent rapes of elderly women and me being torn between wanting to believe everything would be alright if the whole world would just Overcome Hatred With Love, yet also feeling glad that the person that threatened to bash my head against the concrete if I dared struggle would also have to have hairs painfully pulled from his groin area; I felt I was playing a role in a surrealistic nightmare.
I chose to not choose which path to take but instead to breath deeply and think about the next painting I would do. Yes, even at the most absurd moments, my painting burst into the limelight and all else seemed insignificant from that moment on.
The following day, I bought a canvas and paints and for the first time in my life I painted with oils. Before the rape, I was afraid to even try them. Since the rape had painfully reminded that every second could be my last, fear became history in my life.
'Two Tears for The Joy and Sorrow of Living Life' my first oil painting on canvas, was born. Being so close to death had lit a blazing fire in my soul, bringing forth life in a painting that took my breath away. There was a tear in the corner of each eye. The painting was a portrait of me, of all women on earth.
I did win the rape lawsuit for every silenced voice of women throughout history.
Civil Rights Attorney, Gloria Allred, was a guest on my Judy Joy Jones Show. She was raped at gunpoint and is now giving her life to make certain, you, I, our daughters, mothers and sisters are never beaten, raped or murdered again. The rape was the catalyst which transformed Ms. Allred's genius for our freedom.
Watching the women of India join forces for ONE BILLION RISING, I wept as they shouted, 'No More....No More'. For all the women silenced by rape and murder, we are their voice and have chosen to never again remain silent. We carry the torch for the women before us, whose lives were taken at the hands of an abuser. We will never again choose silence and fear, but instead will celebrate together by rising in song and dance. The time is now for circling the globe with our arms, hearts and spirit souls.
I am especially touched by the men that are joining forces with women to celebrate our newly found voices. We truly are ONE BILLION RISING!
Thank-you Eve Ensler, for speaking up and out, which empowered me to do the same. And to women everywhere who are continuing the journey to freedom, we are almost home...we are almost home...I see the top of the mountain and the time for dancing for joy is now!! We shall never again have to scream in the night because Our Voices Have Risen Together as One! Our Voices Have Risen.
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