Why This Matters: What If It Was Your...
One in Three Women has experienced violence.
When we talk about violence of any nature, we often try to make it relatable. Would you talk to your mother like that? Would you be fine with that behavior if it was directed at your sister? What if someone did that to your daughter?
This is a communication tactic. And it works. It gets people, often times men, to consider an issue from a more personal angle. It creates intimacy and harnesses empathy. But it's worn thin. Women are not worth of security because of their relation to a man - rather, it should be their right.
The right to walk down a street without fear of violence.
The right to sleep in their home without fear of assault.
The right to exist without fear.
What if when you hear a story of assault, it was considered horrific on its own? What if the act of violence on any person was not to be tolerated?
What if it happened to a woman you never met?
Today we've published three articles.
Three stories of assault.
Three people attacked.
This isn't the first time this issue has come up on SheHasDrive. Back in March, we shared Morgan's story, of turning her fear into activism. This likely won't be the last time we talk about it, either.
You know someone who has been sexually assaulted, but they may not have told you. Many victims of assault fear what happens when they do speak up. You may, like I when a sorority sister informed me of her assault, not know what to say or do. Start by listening.
Victim shaming is often cited as a reason many don't come forward. Conversations, even in passing, about sexual assault and excusing behavior perpetuate the issue. Passing blame helps none. We need to create conversations about assault.
It's estimated more than half of assaults go unreported. We must encourage victims to report and we must hold institutions accountable.
Sexual assault and violence against women must change. That change starts with a conversation. Let's get talking.