I support the boys – I support them in seeking accountability. I support society educating boys and men about rape and consent. I support speaking the truth by creating a system where victims are not intimidated in coming foward. I support boys in not defining their masculinity through sexual conquest. I support speaking truth about the low rates of conviction for rape and recognizing that the rates of false rape reports are lower than that of car insurance fraud yet people persist in believing women lie about rape. I support boys and girls in ending sexual stigma and ostracization of women labelled as “sluts.” I support boys in building respectful relationships with their partners. These signs are meant to be theatening and intimidating to Rehteah’s family and to all rape victims, which shows that speaking out must be having an effect. I support truth in ending the silence about rape.
~ El Jones
El has been featured on theatre stages, in classrooms, clubs, rallies, and community events all around Halifax. El describes herself as a “spoken word activist” and believes in poetry’s power to mobilize black consciousness.
(used with permission)