I had a chance to talk to the man who spoke at the Take Back the Night event last night. He attended the Dial Help Gala...and it has taken me a day to assimilate what the difference was about his talk.
For the first time as a victim I felt I didn't have a responsibility; it wasn't my duty...the message wasn't for victims to create change, but for men to act against the men who abuse.
I told him it felt strange to be in the audience and not have to feel like it was my fight, but rather someone was fighting for me.
Me being a woman/victim.
His whole message was to be the voice we don't have. The voice of the strong un-abusing male taking to task those who feel it is their right to hurt women in word and deed.
I almost felt the passing of the baton, to have men picking it up. For instead of teaching women how to ward off abuse, they will teach men NOT to abuse. It makes so much sense, it amazes me it has taken so long to begin.
He is part of Men Engage...a organization that promotes gender equality around the world. Our local group is Men Matter and Russ is lending his wisdom with them as they learn and grow. Things will change as men engage!