Do You Know The Enemy?

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 19, 2009 9:07 am

In just a few weeks Silence Is The Enemy has grown exponentially, with more support than I could have imagined.  The Facebook group alone approaches 5,000 members. What comes next is up to you…

rape_by_slytherin_prince.pngYou see, June was only the beginning. The goal remains to draw attention to sexual abuse globally and encourage everyone to talk about it and act. We’re not focused on one gender or limited to a single specific region and now we must continue to bang the drum.

The lovely and talented Arikia Millikan of The Millikan Daily has voluntary started to build a website and the bare bones beta page is up and running! As you’ll see, there’s much work to be done, but the reason I want to announce the url now is because so many readers and bloggers are checking back throughout the month. So spread the word:

Participating blogs linked on both sides of the main page demonstrate the strength of support this initiative has already received.  Soon we’ll provide much more information with resources and links, and the site will serve to compile Silence Is The Enemy posts from across the blogosphere. Please join me in thanking Arikia for her wonderful work online in comments!  Readers are also encouraged to leave suggestions and ideas on the design below and we’ll incorporate the best into the website.

In the mean time, several bloggers have pledged to donate their June revenue (based on traffic) to Doctors Without Borders. So remember you can support the effort with each click on:

Thanks to everyone who has already joined the cause and contributed using their words, voice, mouse, and more. Since I’ve been traveling, the coalition list below is no longer up to date because new bloggers are taking up the call everyday. That said, consider this a sample:

The Intersection

On Becoming A Domestic And Laboratory Goddess




The Questionable Authority

Adventures in Ethics and Science


Blog Of The Moderate Left

Seattle Grassroots Examiner

the rugbyologist


Nicholas Kristof’s On The Ground

Bonobo Handshake

Dispatches From The Cultural Wars

White Coat Underground

Cosmic Variance

The Millikan Daily

A Blog Around The Clock

Comrade PhysioProf

Tomato Nation

Terra Sigillata

Greg Laden’s Blog

Thus Spake Zuska

Quiche Moraine

Science Cheerleader


Tangled Up In Blue Guy

Moth Eyes

PodBlack Cat

Bad Astronomy




Traumatized By Truth

Pondering Blather

The Last Road

Fineness And Accuracy

Julia Sherred: From the Mundane to the Insane

The Handmade Business Blog

Lost Together

Uncertain Principles


Just An Ordinary Goddess

Nit Pickers Guide To The Galaxy


Women In Love!


Respectful Insolence

Hot Chicks Dig Smart Men



Beyond the Short Coat

My Chemical Journey


Academic Ecology


Who Does John Gregson Think He Is?

How To Recover Lost Marbles

Let Me Breathe Fire

Una verdad simulada

Marriage Blog

michael e casey

Two Women Blogging

The Clever Badger

Alas! A Blog


Daily Kos

Blog Mekie

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Bloggers for Change

I have a blog?

The Way Things Break

The Reformed Patriarchy-Whore

Musings by Bug



Mad Scientist, Jr.

The Promise of Engagement

Weird thing of the day

 Middle Raged Punk


Adventures of the TV Addict, the Wannabe Writer, and the Should-Be Famous


California Greening

Story Bones


Another Monkey

A Novelist’s Mind

Ambivalent Academic

The Progressive Puppy

The Word Warrior

Quantum Living in a Juicy-Sunshine Parallel Universe

Circus Randomus

Transmissions from a satellite heart

Alegre’s Corner

Muse In Vivo


Lousy Canuck 

The Ethical Palaeontologist

Mary of Many Colors

Feminist Critics

Accidental Historian

It’s My Life

Swedish Law Blog

Ataraxia Theatre

The Xenia Institute

*Transcendental *Logic


Womens Health News

Wonderland or Not

Almost Diamonds

bala’s blog

The Chatter Box

Darfur: An Unforgivable Hell On Earth

For Those Who Want To Know

No Fear of Falling

Catalogue of Organisms

Jaki’s Skeptic Blog


Dual Citizenship in SpecFic and Mundania

Too Much To Say For Myself


dahee’s plastic castle

Lounge of the Lab Lemming

Taco Tongue

Kelly and Becca



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  1. Silence is the enemy (2) « Athena | October 9, 2009
  1. …We’re not focused on one gender….

    Then please, please, alter the language on the site which erases male victims.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry.Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.comFor more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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