Who We Are:Dinah’s Voice is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization dedicated to empowering Catholic academic communities with prevention information, consent education, and improved resources and administrative response. We firmly believe in upholding the dignity of all people, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
When we say we are “survivor-driven,” we mean that we are an organization not only founded by survivors, but also working side-by-side with survivors of sexual violence.
Mission:Our mission is to provide prevention information for faculty and staff, consent education for students, develop resources available for survivors, and improve administrative response in regard to crimes of sexual violence on Catholic campuses.
Why “Dinah’s Voice?”
Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the region. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the region, saw her, he seized her and lay with her by force. – Genesis 34:2Dinah is the only daughter of Jacob that is ever named within the Bible. In a time when the rape of a woman would mean marrying her off to hide the shame, her family has a different response. To them, she isn’t a pawn in their family, a tool to forge an alliance between the city of Shechem and a wealthy clan. Her brothers clearly cared about their sister and her dignity. They didn’t say “what about our family’s name” or “what was she wearing” but they asked, “shall our sister be treated as a whore?” (Gen 34:31) Her family doesn’t care what the state of Dinah’s physical virginity is, they refuse to write her off as “ruined goods,” and instead rescue her.
The sexual exploitation of women by men is not something the God of the universe condones or takes lightly, and time after time, God responds, not with a blind eye, but with abject revulsion, civil war, and societal upheaval. Likewise, we should not turn a blind eye to the sexual exploitation of anyone.
For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. – Luke 8:17We have a natural obligation to defend the vulnerable, because all are deserving of being treated with respect and dignity. Dinah was protected and loved by her clan; we are a voice for victims and survivors of sexual violence, both men and women, so they, like Dinah, understand that they are still worthy of love, respect, and dignity.
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