Who We Are:
Dinah’s Voice is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization dedicated to student safety and administrative accountability especially as it pertains to the issue of sexual violence at Catholic academic institutions.
Mission & Goals:
Our mission is to raise awareness about sexual violence on religious academic campuses and ensure accountability from administrators. We firmly believe in maintaining the dignity of all human persons, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
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 34:2 (NRSVCE)
Dinah 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. To her brothers, she is not to be sold. Her brothers did awful things in their lives (see Joseph) but clearly they cared about their sister. They cared about 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 father and brothers don’t care what the state of Dinah’s virginity is, they refuse to write her off as “ruined goods” or and instead defend 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.
For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
As people who believe in the inherent dignity of all human persons, we have a natural obligation to defend the vulnerable, and that means to defend victims of a crime who are often cast adrift in a flawed justice system. Dinah was protected and loved by her clan; we hope to be the voice for other 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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