Silence Is The Enemy Continues

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | September 15, 2009 8:45 am

rape_by_slytherin_prince.pngI started Tuesday by donating last month’s blog proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.

Silence Is The Enemy, which began in June, was only the beginning. It’s one effort in the long and continued crusade to end sexual violence around the world.

Join us on facebook, Twitter, and become a part of our growing coalition. Contribute through blog entries, letters, Op-Eds, donations, and any means you can.

Rage against the silence.


Comments (6)

Links to this Post

  1. A Time To Speak Out | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | September 17, 2009
  1. I’ve long since joined the facebook group, etc..

    My wife has just started blogging about her experiences, and those of the women, at YANA in Baltimore. YANA (You Are Never Alone) is one of the few nonprofits in the country to reach out to prostituted women. Essentially all of them were sexually abused before entering prostitution. All, of course, are abused in the life.

    Vickie is also giving voice to the experiences of the women of YANA. No Hollywood caricatures. No silence.

    (I’ve linked to her site rather than mine at my name.)

  2. @1 Robert Grumbine,
    Thanks for sharing Vickie’s blog. I’ve added it to our coalition list and will explore the site.

  3. Cain

    Sheril, I not sure if you know, but the You Tube atheist community had a 24 hour fundraiser last Saturday for the same organization. We ended up raising over 32,000.00 dollars! I can’t think of a more worthy cause and you and Chris should be commend for not only donating but also for building the coalition.

    I was looking threw the list and couldn’t help but feel saddened when I noticed high profile blogs like “Pharyngula”, “ERV”, and “Why Evolution is True” were not there. I know the conflict between “The Intersection” and these other blogs is neither shallow nor narrow but there is no conflict on this subject. It seems like it would be a positive gesture to try to bring them in to the fold. Whatever the strife is elsewhere, there is a concord here.

    …or not….just the thoughts of some random dude on your blog.

    “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.” AL

  4. @3 Cain,

    the You Tube atheist community had a 24 hour fundraiser last Saturday for the same organization. We ended up raising over 32,000.00 dollars!

    That’s fantastic!

    I was looking threw the list and couldn’t help but feel saddened when I noticed high profile blogs like “Pharyngula”, “ERV”, and “Why Evolution is True” were not there.

    I’m glad to include everyone interested in participating.

  5. This isn’t directly related to this post, but I figure that since Sheril is following the story, I should point out that Caster Semenya is on suicide watch. Pretty awful.


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

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 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


See More

Collapse bottom bar