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Breaking Up Bad Habits

You’ve been such sweet company

But I’m afraid we need to go our separate ways

Stuck in this comfort zone with you

We’ve been at war & you didn’t even notice

You’re comfortable. With your hand on my throat

Comfortable. Convincing me this is the shit I like

But now, I really have to go.

It’s not that I don’t love you, I do, too much it’s a problem

I need to go outside of us to see myself for real & I can’t do that when you’re constantly breathing down my neck

So I had to leave this note here.

I knew if you saw me, you’d convince me to stay. But I shouldn’t, this time

So long.

It’s been difficult to say the least, letting you go when I want more of you…

Yours truly.

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#EndRapeCulture Enough (Lock U Up)

๐Ÿ“ท by KIM of Diamonds
Artwork inspired by a women’s march which took place in 2019, Malawi #MyBodyMyRights

Every year we read so many cases of women & girls being sexually violated – raped by strange & familiar men.

Why does it seem like we’re stuck in this vicious cycle as a society? Why are the many campaigns for #EndingRapeCulture not been effective?

Source: Unknown

The reality is we’re not doing enough to protect women & girls. Men & boys are also victims of other men sexually violating them – to whom do they turn to with such issues in our culture of silencing men.

Victims spend years with psychological trauma whilst perpetrators get away scot-free & oftentimes commit the same offense elsewhere. Worse still, perpetrators are fathers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins, brothers, step relatives, teachers, the list is endless!

We’ve seen a lot of promises about ending rape culture but the actions on the ground show that there isn’t a strong enough deterrent to keep rapists from committing crimes against other people’s bodies. Babies are victims. Young women. Mothers. Grandmothers. People with disabilities. Men & boys too. What needs to change? Who is responsible for the progress in this fight against rape culture? How and will victims ever fully heal & what compensation do they get for their ordeal?

We took the streets with #TakeItToTheStreetsMalawi2020 & we rallied together as women and men with placards that stated the outright truth – “My body, my rights”. That’s the story behind the artwork for “Enough (Lock U Up)”

That’s what inspired my latest song “Enough (Lock U Up)” which features incredible spoken word poetess, Dark Shadow and was produced by Ckay ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ

It is an anthem for standing up against these violent actions & calling for justice to be done on the behalf of women and girls who’ve been violated sexually.

Enough (Lock U Up) KIM of Diamonds; Dark Shadow

We want to see perpetrators being locked away for life for the damage they do to womens and girls’ bodies. In reality we do want to see them receive more severe punishments than being locked away. We hope to see strides in the cause in the next couple years.

I tried looking for a toll number for rape victims and I didn’t find any. If you have any more information on a toll number that can be used in Malawi for people who want to report rape cases, please share the information in the comment section below.

You can download Download “Enough (Lock U Up)” from my shop ๐Ÿ’Ž