December 5, 2009

Patrick Stewart on his experience of Domestic Violence.

Let us all strike a Match.

Via Feministing:

Warning: you may cry, even if you’re not someone prone to crying while watching videos on the internet. If you can see the pain and difficulty he has on describing his childhood and not be moved, then I’m not sure what to say…”

A bravely-told personal story via the world’s most beautiful voice.

“Well, Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to provoke an argument…”

“No…she had not. Even if she had, violence is a choice. We can choose to stop it.”

Some choice facts from Stewart’s story:

Domestic Violence causes 26 Billion dollars in annual damages in Great Britain alone.

10 women experiencing domestic violence commit suicide each week in the UK alone (you know how much bigger the US is, or China, or India).

One in four women will experience violence in a partner. That means if half of the readers of this blog are women, 25% of those will experience said violence.

The witnessing of domestic violence teaches children how to deal with anger in a way that must be, and is not always, overcome. Many of us have gone through this same thing. Here’s some domestic violence video resources.

The actor talks about his personal experience of domestic violence at the launch of ‘Created Equal’, a new book on women’s rights.

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