• gwmchstudents

    It is truly unfortunate that a young girl felt death was a better alternative to the life she was presented. But what I find the most revolting, is that other women (Mothers-in-law) participate in the abuse. How can we fight the men who do this and the society which allows them to, if we can not even ban together?

    Kristina

  • gwmchstudents

    I think what will be key in breaking this violent response to a cultural norm, is to somehow break through to the masses by examining those who choose not to follow these cultural practices that treat women as property, especially the men. What makes them want to send their daughters to school? Why do they not hit their wives? Really, what makes them the exception?

     

    Ally P. 

  • crowepps

    Most men treat their wives and kids well, don’t hit anybody, and have an expectation of equality overall.  They may be clueless about some things, they may not truly ‘get’ sexism or their contribution to it, but they have good will and can learn if they don’t see the effort to educate as an attack.

     

    Men who treat women badly are a small minority, who get away with their actions because other people, both men and women, deny the truth of what’s happening, insist ‘family matters’ are private, don’t want to get involved, blame the victim as the batterer does, or believe the victim should ‘just leave’ without realizing how impossible that is without support.

     

    We ALL need to be brave enough to intervene when we see violence and abuse.  No child should ever have to cower under the covers, terrified, listening to his or her mother pleading please don’t kill me, please don’t kill me.  People who are aware that children are being impacted by alcohol abuse, drug abuse or violence should call child protective services and make a report.

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