So yesterday (before reenacting Rip Van Winkle's big ol' nap), I officially registered www.ItIsRape.org. Why did I do this? Well, if you were on Twitter this past Friday night, you may have noticed the "#ItAintRape" hash tag that was trending worldwide. Men and women alike were posting jokes about rape like, "#ItAintRape is she's a mute." I has literally been crying after watching the episode of Prison Break where Lincoln is about to be executed. I am staunchly opposed to the death penalty, and, among other things, I was literally crying for all of humanity. How can state-sanctioned murder be just? How can we do this to each other? Is is not bad enough to lose the lives of the victims of murder that we also have to kill the murderers themselves? An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. I know revenge is a dish for which us human being will always have an insatiable appetite, but we cannot resort to murder in the name of justice.
But I digress. Those of us on Twitter on Friday night who were opposed to the cruel jokes being posted by people on Twitter in response to #ItAintRape began using our own hash tag: "#ItIsRape." I single-handedly replied to almost 100 of these jokesters with the same response: "FALSE - #ItIsRape. See you in court!" I woke up Saturday morning and checked my "@jaredolen" Twitter replies. Oh, how excited I was to see that I go through to some people! I had all sorts of mean-spirited replies, but I also had some from people who were apologetic about their actions the night before. Others wondered who I was. I shall let them continue to ponder the consequences of the negative karma they brought upon themselves.
Later on yesterday, I checked my favorite domain registrar to see if ItIsRape.org was already registered to someone else. It was not. I felt obligated to register the domain name (as well as the other related domain extensions) in order to preserve the name of what us Twitter activists had started. And so it is that now I own www.ItIsRape.org. But I don't want to "own" it. In fact, I have no right to own it. Thus, I decided to turn it into a wiki resource for survivors of rape with the specific message of "You are not alone." I plan on taking a legal slant to the website, offering geographically-targeted resources to all those who seek them. I am using the TikiWiki platform, and I'm way over my head! I have never had experience with a wiki before and my programming knowledge is limited to, at best, e-commerce websites. But I have taken on this challenge, and I will face it. I am facing it. I just hope that I can find some kind-hearted people to face it with me! Because only together can we send the message to the survivors of rape that "You are not alone." And they, you, are not.