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Claudio Li Calzi
20 hours ago
Please sign and share it far and wide. It's crucially important. Jetsunma's voice and that of thousands of traumatized women needs to be heard. With this we have a chance to do something better, to finally establish some accountability and renew trust in the FPMT and their Sangha. Please. Help.

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Jennifer Dunbabin
1 day ago
I support an independent third party investigation into these allegations.
This is best for all parties and the wider Buddhist community.
Also the number of women reporting assault by Dagri Rinpoche concerns me very much.
Too often male Buddhist teachers offend with impunity. And survivors who attempt to call them to account are further abused by the students wider system.

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Dorothy Szendei
2 days ago
It’s so important for the safety of
ordained and lay women that an
investigation takes place

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Barbara JONES
4 days ago

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Kevin Ergil
1 week ago
As a student of Lama Yeshe's and Lama Zopa's I think an independently conducted investigation of this matter is the best and most helpful approach to take for the sake of the individuals who have reported abuse, for Dagri Rinpoche, for the FPMT, and for the future of the Mahayana. FPMT is a precious organization anything that even suggests a cover up will be harmful to the minds of many.

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theo tran
2 weeks ago
Sick of these badmen

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Anita Kanitz
2 weeks ago
"You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and raging courage." – Alex Elle

"We must send a message across the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence. The shame is on the aggressor." – Angelina Jolie

"Young men need to show women the respect they deserve and recognize sexual assault and to do their part to stop it." – Barack Obama

"A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else."
-Anita Kanitz

Violence against women:

Key facts

Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women's human rights.
Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.
Men are more likely to perpetrate violence if they have low education, a history of child maltreatment, exposure to domestic violence against their mothers, harmful use of alcohol, unequal gender norms including attitudes accepting of violence, and a sense of entitlement over women.
Women are more likely to experience intimate partner violence if they have low education, exposure to mothers being abused by a partner, abuse during childhood, and attitudes accepting violence, male privilege, and women’s subordinate status.
There is evidence that advocacy and empowerment counselling interventions, as well as home visitation are promising in preventing or reducing intimate partner violence against women.
Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence, such as by intimate partners, as well as and non-partner sexual violence, and may also lead to new forms of violence against women.

Books about sexual violence:

"Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape"
by Susan Brownmiller

"The most comprehensive study of rape ever offered to the public...It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime." -NEWSWEEK

As powerful and timely now as when it was first published, AGAINST OUR WILL stands as a unique document of the history of politics, the sociology of rape and the inherent and ingrained inequality of men and women under the law. In lucid, persuasive prose, Brownmiller has created a definitive, devastating work of lasting social importance.

"Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town"
by Jon Krakauer

From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­— stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team — the Grizzlies — with a rabid fan base.

The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.

A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year. Krakauer’s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses, and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault.

Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active; if she had been drinking prior to the assault — and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the woman’s entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys.

This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50%, higher than soldiers returning from war.

In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula — the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.

Some of them went to the police. Some declined to go to the police, or to press charges, but sought redress from the university, which has its own, non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape. In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute. One case led to a conviction; one to an acquittal. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. The university expelled three of the accused rapists, but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding. One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutor’s office and successfully defended the Grizzlies’ star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each woman’s case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community.

Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.

" Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture"
by Roxane Gay

Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying “something in totality that we cannot say alone.”

Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.

"Luckiest Girl Alive" by Jessica Knoll:
Jessica Knoll, the American author of the New York Times bestselling novel Luckiest Girl Alive, has published an online essay revealing that the rape suffered by the protagonist, TifAni FaNellis (Ani), was based on a gang-rape she survived when she was 15.
Lena Dunham's newsletter is a victory for the letter-writing renaissance

In the essay published to LennyLetter, an e-newsletter edited by Girls showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Knoll admits she has been regularly deflecting questions from readers about her similarities to the thriller’s main character, and about the dedication she left at the beginning of the book: “To all the TifAni FaNellis of the world, I know.”

It means I know what it’s like to not belong, I waffle in response to readers, usually women whose albatrosses I can sense, just as they sense mine. What I don’t add: I know what it’s like to shut down and power through, to have no other choice than to pretend to be OK. I am a savant of survivor mode.

In harrowing scenes, Knoll relates her violent and traumatic rape by three boys, after she “slipped away from the waking world” at a party when she was 15 years old. She recalls flitting in and out of consciousness while being raped by different boys, and “waking up later in a bathroom, seeing a toilet bowl of blood-tinged water, and not understanding where it came from”.

The doctor she saw for the morning after pill wouldn’t call it a rape; neither, she says, would her classmates, who tormented her and called her a “slut”. The one time Knoll used the word “rape”, she backed down from the word the following day. “I apologized to my rapist for calling him a rapist. What a thing to live with,” she writes.Knoll’s therapist was the first person who told her she was gang-raped, when she was 22. Now 32, after coming to terms with what happened to her, she writes that she is “very, very angry”.

My anger is carbon monoxide, binding to pain, humiliation, and hurt, rendering them powerless. You would never know when you met me how angry I am. Like Ani, I sometimes feel like a wind-up doll. Turn my key and I will tell you what you want to hear. I will smile on cue. My anger is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It’s completely toxic.

The protagonist of Luckiest Girl Alive shares similarities with the author. Ani, a 28-year-old editor at a women’s magazine, returns to her prestigious high school to work on a documentary, and is confronted by the rage she has carried since being raped as a teenager. Knoll, who was 28 when she wrote the book, is a former editor at Cosmopolitan who had a similar upbringing.

“I’ve been running and I’ve been ducking and I’ve been dodging because I’m scared,” Knoll writes, of her unwillingness to admit she was writing from experience. “I’m scared people won’t call what happened to me rape because for a long time, no one did.”

But 17 years later, Knoll says she’s finally ready to use the word publicly: “As I gear up for my paperback tour, and as I brace myself for the women who ask me, in nervous, brave tones, what I meant by my dedication, What do I know?, I’ve come to a simple, powerful revelation: everyone is calling it rape now. There’s no reason to cover my head. There’s no reason I shouldn’t say what I know.”

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sesame fowler
3 weeks ago
In solidarity. May All Beings Benefit.

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Phillip Griffin
3 weeks ago
I offer my full support and I am sorry this happened to so many. I pray that justice can be served through independent and transparent inquiry. We all have seen the repercussions of religious organizations hiding, ignoring, or silently condoning such criminal and antithetical actions. I have trust and faith FPMT will do the right thing. I wish the victims peace on their journey towards healing and recovery.

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Sarah Abbott
4 weeks ago
Any allegation of abuse should be investigated thoroughly by a third party. It is the only way to keep the Dharma pure, clear the name of inocents and expose the culprits. I trust FPMT will do the right thing as they have nothing to fear, only the truth