One Billion Rising

Under South African law every accused person has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right to be presumed innocent. Oscar Pistorius has this right too. But Miss Steenkamp and the countless other victims of sudden, brutal deaths whilst in the company of their 'loved ones', also have the right for the truth to be told. Reeva Steenkamp has been forever silenced
Gyte condemns Stella Creasy thus for stating that violence is not limited to gender, that it affects society as a whole: "Really Stella? Really?" Yes, really Natalie, really. Violence is a societal issue. And so long as we keep pretending that it isn't, nothing is going to change.
We must not forget that women are still subjected to violence and unable to make decisions about issues which affect their lives. Last month, a girl studying in a college in Dhaka was attacked with acid and stabbed. She is still fighting for her life in hospital.
Violence against women affects men. These women are our mothers, sisters, partners, daughters. No man would dismiss this campaign whose life has been touched by violence against someone he loves. But I went because men have to be part of this campaign.
Whether girl or woman, boy or man, you need to 'belong'. You need to feel important to others and connected with them. What you don't need is to be controlled or used by anyone else. Support is very different from social suffocation; sharing is very different from being taken for a dangerous ride.
Over the last few years there has been increasing attention to what is now often referred to as 'sexualisation'. This focus has resulted in new government policies which are designed to address the fact that young people might be less equipped than adults to interpret and critique powerful, sexualised messages.
The primary problem with One Billion Rising is its refusal to name the root cause of women's inequality; its outright refusal to point the finger at a patriarchal system which cultivates masculinity and which uses the control and subjugation of women's bodies as an outlet for that machoism.
If you've caught whisperings about One Billion Rising, then you'll probably have some sense of the scale of playwright and
I had read the quotes and looked at the statistics, but it wasn't until I started speaking to victims of domestic abuse and listened to heartbreaking tales of control and fear that I began to see a different picture.
Around one in 12 people believe sexual assault and rape victims are to blame if they are either drunk, under the influence