We stand with the girls and women of Liberia, of Afghanistan, of China, of Chile, of the north, the south, the east and the west, and right here where we live and we say: No more silence; speak and we will listen.
Please visit this link to find out more about the Silence is the Enemy Project and join in donating to Doctors without Boarders to assist in medical aid to the women of Liberia who are being routinely raped.
My business card doesn’t have much on it, just my name and the url to my website, a small design and the statement: Stand together, stand proud.
Let’s do it. And let’s look to our own house, too.
Some domestic stats from the University of Victoria:
1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males in Canada experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.
80% of all child abusers are a parent, other relative or close family friend of the victim.
Let’s listen to each other and belie the conventional wisdom of the publishing industry that says stories about child abuse don’t sell. Let’s make it the subject of conversation, the subject that people shout about, the act that we will no longer abide: the crime of intimate violence. Let’s throw the shame back on the perpetrators. Let’s honour the dignity of survivors who are giving their all, quietly, without fuss, in order to break the cycle.
I am one of those. Any child within my house is my child, a spirit to be cherished.