Why do this?

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It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that women got voting rights. It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that African Americans were treated as equals. It wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that animal rights gained popularity.  Here we are in the 21st century, and it is okay for women to be raped, to be molested, to be touched, groped, pinched, leered at, provoked, abused and harassed.

And it is our fault, we’re told; our fault in dressing up, our fault in walking alone, our fault in leaving the home, and our fault in being born as a woman.

Unless we fight, it will always be our fault. And the first step to begin a revolution is to realize that it is not our fault.

To realize that we shouldn’t be ashamed.

To realize that we shouldn’t keep quiet.

To realize that we must speak out.

To realize that we must break the silence.

Be brave; tell us what happened to you.  Know that you are not alone in this. Know that it is not your fault. Know that there are people willing to support you and willing to fight with you.

This cannot be a woman’s battle alone. Or even men who fall prey to these kind of predators. It shouldn’t be. Men, for all the times you have witnessed a woman being harassed, for all the times you have pretended not to notice but wished you had stood up for her, this is your time to speak out. This is your time to reaffirm your humanity.

Are you a parent? Tell us how you have discussions with your children on these sensitive issues, tell us what you have done on your part to ensure they mature as confident adults, talk to the world about what you have done (or not done) towards responsible parenting.

Let us come together, and break the silence.

YES, I WANT TO BREAK MY SILENCE!

 

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