Community | Three Weeks In January: I KNOW SOMEONE, DO YOU? Each One Matters

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On Friday evening, the 22nd of January, 2012, during an art performance ceremony at Los Angeles Police Department’s Deaton Auditorium, I turned and introduced myself to the person sitting next to me: an adult, female artist living in Los Angeles. Though she grew-up in the Midwest with a Caucasian, Christian family, and I grew up in California with a Japanese-American family, we found we had a lot in common. We both expressed feeling vulnerable and unsafe anytime we have to walk anywhere: back to our car, returning home, being in parking lots, public restrooms or basically any place where we are alone and not safely behind locked doors.

As teens, we both felt sheltered by our families in that sex and violence were not openly discussed and it left us feeling in the dark about our understanding of what was normal and what to do when a situation became aggressive. Of…

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