My daughter is a senior at the University of Virginia. She lives off campus in an apartment with two other classmates who are also young women. She fortunately, has never been sexually assaulted. However, she leaves a pair of my old shoes outside of her apartment door to give the appearance that a man is present. Why is that?
In the United States a man will rape or sexually assault 1 out of 5 women. 75% of those women (and girls) are between the ages of 16 and 25. A man will physically assault 1 out of 3 women. Women and girls in our life must do many things throughout their day in the attempt to reduce their risk of being harmed by men. If you were to ask the women in your life if they too do things to help them feel safer, they would say things like, “I don’t work late, I park where my car is clearly visible (and in well lit areas), I carry mace” and countless other survival tactics.
While only about 15% of men are violent toward women, sexual assault and domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. How is it that this small number of men can wreak so much havoc within our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools and our workplaces?
While it is true that most men are not violent (approx 85%) we are silent about the violence and abuse of other men. That silence is adding to the problem and it is our time to raise our voices along with women. If you are a man or young man and are as appalled as we are then join us and other men by saying NO MORE. Get Involved! www.NOMORE.org