November 27th, 2009


In which I pose a potentially unpopular viewpoint

Why the hell not? It's my week for it!

Wednesday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. I like the idea of having these days. White Ribbon Day is a brilliant idea, and I love that so many men are jumping on board to lend their support to this. It's because of awareness-raising campaigns like this and things like Take Back The Night that the statistic at the bottom of the White Ribbon Day article exists.

"What?" you say. "That statistic says that family violence has increased by 15%! How can that be a good thing?"

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And no, none of what I said can, or should be, equated to 'hitting women is ok', no matter how much some people might want to think it says that. Personally, I think hitting people is wrong. I love the awareness campaigns, they've done a brilliant job, and they should continue.

But where's the one that says the amount of violence my father, my brother, my partner, my son have and will suffer in their lives is wrong and should stop?