5 Reasons Why We’re Part of the One Billion Rising in Protest Against Violence Against Women
As individuals willing to give voice to troubling problems and struggle towards difficult solutions, we rise on behalf of women.
As partners, advocates, family and friends, we rise in collaboration with survivors.
These are the simple but fundamental truths V-day encourages us to reflect on. While it is often painful and uncomfortable to talk about the culture of violence and oppression that leads to 1 in 3 women being assaulted, beaten, or raped in her lifetime, the alternative is unthinkable. Silence is not an answer. Ignorance, as we’ve seen through the intense backlash against misguided statements related to assault, is not bliss. And the problem will not simply go away if we leave it alone.
Myth 1: Violence against women is rare.
Myth 2: Only certain kinds of women will experience violence.
Myth 3: Domestic violence is only a problem between men and women.
Myth 4: This is a private problem; it doesn’t have a serious impact on society.
Myth 5: There is nothing we can do.
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