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July 02 2018

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How "Cultural Marxism" became the Far-Right's Scapegoat [Three Arrows]
“A specter is haunting Youtube — the specter of Cultural Marxism!"
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June 24 2018

May 17 2018

Arabic and Islamic Metaphysics

[Revised entry by Amos Bertolacci on May 16, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Among the philosophical disciplines transmitted to the Arabic and Islamic world from the Greeks, metaphysics was of paramount importance, as its pivotal role in the overall history of the transmission of Greek thought into Arabic makes evident. The beginnings of Arabic philosophy coincide with the production of the first extensive translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics, within the circle of translators associated with the founder of Arabic philosophy, al-Kindī. The so-called "early" or...
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May 16 2018

Le Roman de ma femme
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May 07 2018

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Count Dankula's Speech At Day For Freedom

surprisingly reasonable and well-spoken. didn't expect that from this shitposter deluxe.
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The Millennial Question [Simon Sinek]

(original version without the pompous pseudo-motivational music)
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May 06 2018

„Was also ist Recht, was ist Gewalt? Zu dieser Frage gesellt sich eine dritte, übergeordnete: was ist legitim? Die Internierung von Geflüchteten in Lagern, Abschiebung, der Widerstand gegen Abschiebung, die Verteidigung des Bleiberechts?“
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May 02 2018

cutest story ever about edinburgh penguins by Daniel Ross. https://youtu.be/LB4fNN7BVtk
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South Korean Central Bank: Crypto And Blockchain To Provide Cash-Free Society


South Korea’s central bank, the Bank of Korea (BOK), has recently announced it is considering cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications for its project for a “cashless society,” local news TokenPost reports May 1.
Joseph Young@iamjosephyoung

South Korea's central bank says cryptocurrency and blockchain will allow societies to become coinless.

The South Korean gov't has been trying to get rid of coins for a long time, many methods have been suggested but it wants to go with cryptocurrency.https://tokenpost.kr/article-2450 

17.43 - 1 Mei 2018

한국은행 "암호화폐가 ‘동전 없는 사회’ 앞당길 것" - TokenPost

지난해부터 한국은행이 실시한 동전 없는 사회 시범사업이 암호화폐 연구로 탄력이 붙을지 주목된다.한은이 30일 발표한 2017 지급결제 보고서에 따르면 한은은 그간 동전 없는 사회 시범사업을 추진하며 블록체인 및 암호화폐를...

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Info dan privasi Iklan Twitter According to TokenPost, BOK announced the official launch of its cash-free society pilot in its “2017 Payment Report” yesterday. The report mentioned that the bank has started exploring possible uses of blockchain and cryptocurrency, such as applying blockchains and passwords to payments. The bank has also established an organization for researching digital currency and analyzing possible effects of cryptographic money on the overall financial system. The major goals of the project are customer convenience and reducing the cost of producing physical currency. In 2016, South Korea reportedly spent KRW 53.7 bln ($47 mln) on issuing physical currency. The government also plans to use the initiative as a means by which to open the underground economy, which is mostly cash-driven. Kwak Hyun-soo, an analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp said:
 It can open the underground economy, and thus enhance equivalence in taxation. The shoe box full of 50,000 won banknotes that you see in movies will disappear in reality (with the advancement of a cashless society).
According to KoreaTimes, the South Korean government began considering phasing out physical money in 2016, and planned to become a “cash-free society” by 2020. In April 2017, the BOK launched a coinless society trial, in which customers could deposit small change from transactions and put them on a prepaid or mobile card to use at convenience stores, discount stores, and department stores. In January, inter-ministerial division on cryptocurrency policy confused the South Korean public when the Ministry of Justice independently declared it would ban cryptocurrency trading. Following a petition, the Minister of Finance said that the government would not ban crypto trading, which was eventually confirmed by the Minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination in February. Last week, Cointelegraph reported that South Korea’s largest crypto exchange Bithumb is pushing for the adoption of digital currencies in the country. The exchange aims to evolve into a bank-like business in order to make the use of cryptocurrency in daily life more intuitive.
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April 30 2018

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… They must have seen this disaster unfolding – slowly starving to death and forced to live in caves for shelter – right up until they felled the last palm. It was all because of a myth, but a myth so powerful that, despite knowing its madness, they could not resist it.

To Save The Economy, We Have To Break Its One Sacred Rule

We must stop worshiping the false god of GDP growth.

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April 26 2018

April 17 2018

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Demo mit Leichtigkeit

Danke @transformmagazin
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April 01 2018

March 23 2018

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Always the son

March 19 2018

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Mecha: The Rise and Fall of Giant Robots
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March 15 2018

Strategisch manipulierte Migration als Kriegswaffe


Es scheint, dass dieser Flüchtlingsstrom objektive Gründen hat: bewaffnete Konflikte und Kriege wurden in Libyen, Syrien und Irak seit vielen Jahren geliefert, während die Situation in Palästina und Afghanistan auch turbulent ist. In Tunesien und Ägypten, in der Zwischenzeit, die beide den arabischen Frühling erlebt haben, lässt die Situation auch sehr zu wünschen übrig. Kaum jemand nimmt Kenntnis von Bahrain, wo Widerstands-Proteste jahrelang brutal niedergeschlagen wurden, während im Jemen Luftangriffe sogar auf Hochzeits-Prozessionen ausgeführt werden. Die Lage dieser beiden Staaten ist nicht sehr bequem, aber – da gibt es einfach nichts wohin man fliehen könnte. Es gibt auch ein anderes wichtiges Detail: für muslimische Flüchtlinge in Saudi Arabien werden Lager erstellt, aber aus irgendeinem Grund geht niemand dorthin. Als letztes Mittel bleiben sie in Jordanien und in der Türkei.

Gibt es denn irgendeinen allgemeinen Grund für ihren verzweifelten Wunsch, so weit entfernt von ihrer Heimat zu fliehen? Wohlhabende Verwandten, die sich vielleicht schon in der Europäischen Union niedergelassen haben? Oder Geschichten über Sozialleistungen, mit denen sie bequem leben könnten? Schließlich müssen sie, um eine solche Reise zu machen, die Schlepper stattlich bezahlen. Einigen Berichten zufolge nehmen diese Schmuggler zwischen $4.000 und $10.000, um einen einzelnen Flüchtling aus Syrien oder Libyen nach Europa zu transportieren. Auch wenn diese Person reiche Verwandte im Ausland hat, ist das Empfangen von Geld per Banküberweisung im kriegszerrütteten Syrien nicht möglich. Einen Transport auf Kredit organisieren verlangt eindeutig bestimmte Garantien, besonders wenn man bedenkt, dass die Boote oft im Mittelmeer sinken.

Wer gibt die Garantien, die Hunderttausende Menschen antreiben, um aus anderen Kontinenten nach Europa zu fliehen und warum?

Forscher haben eine sehr interessante Tatsache im Zusammenhang mit der Nutzung von sozialen Netzwerken entdeckt. Es ist ans Licht gekommen, dass Anrufe auf Twitter für Flüchtlinge, um nach Deutschland zu reisen, hauptsächlich aus den USA kamen [1]. Die mit dieser Praktik in anderen Ländern verbrachte Zeit war nicht umsonst – vom Iran während der Präsidentschaftswahlen von 2009 bis zu Ägypten und Tunesien, wo die Rolle der sozialen Netzwerke bei der Mobilisierung der Bevölkerung beachtlich war.

Was wir jetzt sehen, ist die praktische Umsetzung theoretischer Berechnungen strategischer Natur. Solche Strategien sind seit langer Zeit in Entwicklung. Dazu zählt eine Studie vom Belfer Center für Wissenschaft und internationale Angelegenheiten an der Harvard University, die den Namen trägt «Strategic Engineered Migration as a Weapon of War» [2], welchen der Autor auch für den Titel dieses Artikels verwendet. Die Studie erschien zunächst in 2008 in der Zeitschrift Civil Wars [Bürgerkriege]. Mit einer Kombination von statistischen Daten und Fallstudie-Analysen liefert der Autor des Werkes, Kelly Greenhill, Antworten auf folgende Fragen: können Flüchtlinge eine bestimmte Art von Waffe sein, kann diese Waffe nur in Kriegszeiten verwendet werden oder auch in Friedenszeiten und wie erfolgreich kann ihre Verwendung sein? Im Großen und Ganzen beantwortet Greenhill diese Fragen bejahend.

In der Tat haben Forscher am Belfer Center, zusammen mit Forschern aus anderen Abteilungen an der Harvard University, am Entwurf von Strategien zur Konfliktbewältigung im Zusammenhang mit breiteren außenpolitischen Themen jahrelang gearbeitet. Der Direktor des Belfer Center, Graham Allison, war Staatssekretär der Verteidigung in der Clinton-Administration. Außerdem finanziert das Zentrum auch die Forschung einer speziellen Task Force, die Russland gewidmet ist.

Die USA tuen nur so als sympathisierten sie mit Europa, das durch die Migrations-Welle schwer getroffen ist. In einem neuen Artikel [3] von Richard Haass, Präsident der einflussreichen globalistischen Organisation „Council on Foreign Relations“, der sich mit europäischen Themen beschäftigt, war die Verwendung des Wortes „to manage“ [verwalten] im Hinblick auf die Migrations-Krise in der Europäischen Union kein Zufall. Die Probleme Europas durch den Zustrom von Flüchtlingen genießend, stellt Haass fest, dass die USA sowohl eine Verpflichtung zur Hilfe gegenüber der Europäischen Union hätten, als auch strategische Interessen in Bezug auf Deutschland und Europa als Ganzes. Trotz dieser «Verpflichtung zu helfen", gab es jedoch überhaupt keine Hilfe aus den USA, weder bei der Kontrolle des illegalen Eindringens in europäische Länder noch bei der vorübergehenden Ansiedlung von Flüchtlingen.

Es gibt auch eine weitere interessante Tatsache. Am 15. September unterzeichnete Barack Obama eine Executive Order zum Einsatz von Techniken der Verhaltensforschung in der öffentlichen Verwaltung. Der jüngste Zweig des Behaviorismus, bekannt als «Nudge“ [schubsen], ist nichts anderes als der letzte Schrei, um Menschen zu manipulieren. Die Hand von Cass Sunstein, der zuvor im Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in der Obama-Regierung arbeitete, kann hier klar gesehen werden. Zusammen mit einem britischen Kollegen, war er Co-Autor des Buches Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, in dem psychologische Manipulations-Techniken im Rahmen des alltäglichen Lebens hinter schönen Worten verborgen sind [4]. (Übrigens ist Sunsteins Ehefrau Samantha Power, US-Botschafterin bei den Vereinten Nationen.) Es gibt keinen Zweifel, dass die ’Nudge’-Technik weit über die Grenzen der Vereinigten Staaten hinaus verwendet wird.

Die effektivste Waffe jedoch, bildlich und buchstäblich gesehen, könnten möglicherweise diese Migranten sein, fähig eine kleine Guerillagruppe einzurichten, um subversive Terroranschläge auf neuem Gebiet auszuführen. Es ist eher interessant zu bemerken, dass die USA nicht nur Gastgeber spielen für diejenigen, welche als die ’vielversprechendsten’ dafür erscheinen, sondern ihnen auch Flüchtlings- und Aufenthaltsrecht, sowie den offiziellen Schutz der US-Regierung gewähren.

Soweit man von einem vor kurzem zugespielten internen Dokument beurteilen kann, besagt ein Sonderbericht, der durch das US Department of Homeland Security an den US-Kongress für das Geschäftsjahr 2014 vorbereitet wurde, zur Frage der Migration, dass im Jahr 2014, das US Citizenship and Immigration Services 1591 Ausnahmen [5] bei persönlichen Antragstellern, für Flüchtlingsstatus, Aufenthaltsrecht und den offiziellen Schutz der US-Regierung macht. Und das aller- interessanteste ist, dass in dem einen oder dem anderen Fall, alle diese Menschen Verbindungen mit Terrorgruppen und umfangreiche Erfahrung in subversiven Aktivitäten haben.

Die Liste enthält alte Verbündete von Washington wie Exilkubaner, Kosovo-Befreiungsarmee Kämpfer, die aus irgendeinem Grund nicht gut in ihrem eigenen künstlich geschaffenen Staat leben können und viele andere verdeckte und offene Verbündete der USA. Es sind Mitglieder der Nationalistischen Republikanischen Allianz aus Salvador, höchstwahrscheinlich diejenigen, die politische Gegner während des Kalten Krieges erschossen haben, und die sich jetzt vor der Justiz verstecken. Es sind Kämpfer aus der demokratischen Bewegung für die Befreiung der eritreischen Kunama – Ethno-Separatisten -, die gegen die eritreische Regierung sind. Es gibt die Tigray Volksbefreiungsfront von Äthiopien und die Oromo Liberation Front aus dem gleichen Land.

Die Liste enthält auch Aktivisten von der birmanischen Chin National Front und ihrem militärischen Flügel, der Chin National Army, die Mitglieder der sogenannten „Unrepresented Nations Peoples Organization“ (UNPO) sind. Mitglieder der „Karen National Union“, einschließlich der Kämpfer der „Karen National Liberation Army“ (eine Ethnie in Thailand und Birma) erhielten auch eine Quote, um in den USA vor Ort zu leben.

Ein Flüchtlingsstatus wurde 49 ehemaligen irakischen Bürgern gegeben, durch die irakische demokratische Partei, die kurdische demokratische Partei und die Patriotische Union von Kurdistan. Die Liste der „1519 Ausnahmen“ enthält auch Mitglieder anderer Organisationen, die sich viele Jahre bewaffneten Konflikten verschrieben haben.

Man kann nur spekulieren über die Art der zukünftigen Kriege, die die USA im Auge haben, wenn sie planen, solche spezifische Migranten als Waffe zu benutzen.

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March 12 2018

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by queeravenger

This post is going to explore how biphobia, misogyny, and rape culture intersect at an institutional level to cause the disproportionate rates of sexual violence seen against bisexual women.

Trigger warnings: discussion of rape, corrective rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, abuse, victim blaming, depression, PTSD, suicide, and some graphic examples of biphobic victim blaming

Bisexual women have the highest rates of rape and sexual assault

  • Bisexual women have a 46.1% chance of being forcibly raped. This rate is 2.6 times higher than straight women and 3.5 times higher than lesbian women. Bisexual women also have a 74.9% chance of being coercively raped or sexually assaulted. This rate is 1.7 times higher than straight women and 1.6 times higher than lesbian women (source).
  • 78% of bisexual women report lifetime sexual victimization. Bisexual women report more severe adult victimization and significantly greater rates of revictimization (source).
  • So why is this happening?
  • Bisexual women are hypersexualized. We are stereotyped as promiscuous, slutty, dirty, and always interested in sexual attention. Men are taught by our culture to view bisexual women as sexual objects whose purpose is to fulfill their sexual desires, making it that much easier to disrespect bisexual women’s consent and justify sexual violence against us. This is closely tied to the victim blaming stereotypes that are used to invalidate any victim who can be viewed as too sexual and therefore not a valid victim. As Shiri Eisner put it, “what we have to say about [sexual attention], and whether or not we want to be sexual with anyone, just doesn’t matter. Because our bisexuality is made out to be not about us, but about cishet men” (source).
  • Bisexual women are fetishized. We are seen as sexual objects, as walking porn fantasies, as one-third of a threesome, rather than actual human beings. This causes sexual harassment, sexual assault, abuse, and rape that are specific to (one-male, two-female) threesome fantasies. Bi women frequently report experiences of men soliciting them for threesomes the moment they discover their bisexual identity, which is a form of degrading sexual harassment. Bi women report similar experiences with online dating profiles, even if their profile explicitly states that they are not interested in threesomes. Bi women are also coerced or forced into threesomes because of this.
  • Other biphobic stereotypes about bi women contribute to sexual assault. For example, we are also stereotyped as pretending to be bisexual specifically for men’s attention, which frames things like sexual harassment, assault, and rape as forms of “attention” that we wanted to receive.
  • Bi women are sometimes correctively raped. Corrective rape is a hate crime in which someone is raped because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Bisexual women experience corrective rape as a form of punishment for being bisexual, usually with the goal of making them heterosexual.
  • Although much of this is related to the way men (especially cis, straight men) are taught to view bisexual women, and although most of the sexual violence against bisexual women is perpetrated by men, people of any gender are capable of believing these stereotypes and perpetuating sexual violence against bisexual women.

Bisexual women have the highest rates of intimate partner violence

  • Bisexual people report significantly higher rates of emotional, financial, sexual, and physical intimate partner violence compared to gay and lesbian people (source).
  • 49.3% of bisexual women are victims of severe physical intimate partner violence. Bisexual women have a 61.1% lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (source).
  • Why?
  • Abusers tend to target marginalized people, period. Marginalized people are already in a position to have lower self-esteem, be less likely to have supportive friends, family, and communities, have less access to services like counseling and healthcare, be more likely to be treated poorly if they report, and on and on. This is painfully true for bisexuals, because we are not only unsupported by society at large but also often rejected from gay and lesbian spaces and denied their support.
  • Abusive partners sometimes use biphobia to perpetuate sexual violence against their bisexual partners. Abusers might coerce or force their bisexual partners into unwanted sexual acts or threesomes because they are bisexual and they’re “supposed” to want to do those things. Some abusers force their bisexual partners into unwanted open or polyamorous relationships, or expect their bisexual partners to tolerate cheating. 
  • Abusers draw on society’s biphobic narratives to reinforce and legitimize their abuse. For example, it’s common for abusers to say abusive things to their victims like this: “I know you’re cheating on me.” “No one else will ever love you.” “I know you’re lying to me.” But watch how the abuse is strengthened by biphobia: “I know you’re cheating on me, because everyone knows bisexuals are cheaters.” “No one else will ever love you, because no one wants to date a bisexual.” “I know you’re lying, because bisexuals aren’t trustworthy.” And sometimes, biphobia itself is the abuse. “You have to call yourself straight/gay/lesbian if you’re going to be with me.” “I will out you as bisexual if you don’t [do this].” When a bi person being abused hears the same biphobic stereotypes they’ve heard their whole life, it’s not just coming from their abuser - it feels like the whole world agrees. It’s a strategy to make victims feel even more powerless.

Bisexual women have the lowest rates of social support after disclosing victimization

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  • Bisexual women have low social support to begin with. Bisexual people have less social support from family and friends (source). Bisexual people are less likely to be out of the closet than gay and lesbian people (source). Bisexual women and lesbians have comparable rates of mental distress in non-urban areas, but while lesbian women’s mental distress lowers significantly in urban areas, bisexual women’s nearly double. Researchers believe this is because of the lack of social support for bisexual women from lesbian and gay communities (source).
  • Biphobic stereotypes about bisexual women create barriers to social support after disclosing trauma. For example, we are stereotyped as untrustworthy liars, which leads to people being less likely to believe or support bi women survivors. The stereotypes of bisexual women as promiscuous and slutty lead to victim-blaming and the belief that either we were not raped or that it was our fault. The stereotype that bisexual women are lying for attention, combined with the widespread belief that women lie about being raped for attention, also contributes to this.
  • Bisexual women are often excluded from LGBT communities and have difficulty finding bisexual communities. If they can find a community, the chances of it being a safe space for bi women survivors are quite slim. LGBT and bi communities continue to have problems addressing intra-community issues of misogyny and rape culture.
  • Sexual assault resources cater to cisgender straight women. LGBT recovery resources are rare, and they usually cater to cisgender gay and lesbian victims. These resources are often unhelpful for bi women, or even unsafe or hostile towards them - although bisexual women survivors report reaching out to the greatest number of formal support resources, they were the least likely to report these resources as helpful (source). There are no known rape recovery resources specifically for bisexual women, other than this blog.
  • Other resources, such as counseling, also often have problems of misogyny, biphobia, and rape culture. Bisexual people often report negative experiences with mental healthcare providers who view their bisexuality as a symptom of mental illness to be overcome. Bisexual people sometimes even experience conversion therapy when seeking out counseling from someone who pressures them to adopt a straight or gay identity instead of a bisexual one. In the same study mentioned above, bisexual women survivors were the most likely to speak to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health professional, but, again, the least likely to report these services as helpful (source).

Bisexual women have the highest rates of depression and PTSD post-rape

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  • Bisexual women have higher rates of mental illness to begin with. 45.4% of bisexual women have considered or attempted suicide. This compares to 34.8% for bisexual men, 29.5% for lesbian women, 25.2% for gay men, 9.6% for straight women, and 7.4% for straight men (source). Bisexual people report higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicidality, and negative affect compared to their gay and heterosexual counterparts (source).
  • Bi women survivors are more likely to have experiences that increase the likelihood of depression. Depression after sexual violence is often related to a lack of support, lack of access to recovery resources, feelings of isolation, and experiences of victim blaming - areas in which bisexual women are much worse off.
  • Similarly, bi women survivors are more likely to have experiences that lead to PTSD. PTSD after sexual violence can be related to the traumatic nature of the sexual violence itself or to retraumatizing experiences in the aftermath, and bisexual women survivors experience unique and frequent retraumatization. For example, bisexual women frequently encounter degrading and sexually objectifying language about themselves from society at large as well as from the LGBT community - bi women are described as “slutty,” “dirty,” “sexually available to men,” “cocksuckers,” “dick-worshippers,” “bihets,” and so on. Such language is sexually objectifying and misogynistic towards all bisexual women, and very triggering to those of us who have been assaulted or raped by cis men. Experiencing frequent sexual harassment like unwanted sexual attention and threesome proposals is also retraumatizing. Bisexual women also report higher rates of revictimization, which is extremely retraumatizing and associated with higher chances of developing PTSD.
  • The inaccessibility of mental health resources for bi women survivors makes it difficult for us to cope with and recover from mental illness.

Other reasons

  • Bisexual people are more likely to be disabled, transgender and people of color, meaning that disabled bisexual women, trans bisexual women, and bisexual women of color are dealing with ableism, transmisogyny, and/or racism on top of biphobia, misogyny, and rape culture. This significantly increases their chances of facing sexual violence and intimate partner violence. If they do, they are even more likely to experience depression, PTSD, and low social support. It is also important when analyzing the above statistics to keep in mind that white, cisgender, and abled bisexual women have lower chances of these negative experiences.
  • Bi women survivors who didn’t figure out their bisexual identity until after their trauma, or who were closeted to their abusers and rapists, are still impacted by all of this. Marginalization, even when not obvious or announced, still makes people more vulnerable to abuse and violence. Issues like low social support, inaccessible recovery resources, and higher rates of mental illness are problems for these bi women survivors as well.
  • Since this issue is largely invisible and misunderstood, there are no known sexual violence prevention efforts specific to bisexual women.

Resources

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March 10 2018

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