This year marks the 100th year that women won the right to vote. It took over 50 years for the women suffragettes to win that battle. In 1920 we (women) won the right to vote, but we have not won the right to equality. Today, one out of four women will be raped by the age of 18. Despite government laws and intervention, violence against women continues to grow. Whether it be sexual, physical or psychological, violence at home is on the rise. Why?
The violence is control. Equality is a long way off unless we all take a stand. At Sisters, we experience the pain, fear and guilt every day the need to control through violence creates. In the North Country, we don’t talk about it, although, one out of three households are affected by Domestic Violence. Not just women, but it happens to men and to children, too. How can we stop it?
We need to stand up for our neighbors, friends and family members who are abused. We need to confront the perpetrators, turning them in to authorities. We need to have honest discussions about the violence. We need to stop forcing the women and children to leave their homes and hide them somewhere in a “safe house”. We need to force the perpetrators to leave and stay away. We need to set an example for our children to build their self-esteem, talk to them about equality in relationships, but most importantly, we need to shout it from the roof tops “NO MORE VIOLENCE”.
2020 is the 100th anniversary of gaining the right to vote. We need a serious dialogue on stopping violence. Whether it be in the home, dorm or in a bar, it must stop. Let's take the first step together, join us in stopping the violence by signing up at sistersatacrossroad.org/join the fight. Let's not wait another 100 years to create real equality. Let’s do it now!