Do you wear the white ribbon today?
Or you think violence against women is a minor matter?
I hope not.
Today is White Ribbon Day: a day for men to make a stand against violence to women.
In a workshop I was helping to facilitate on fathering with some prison inmates, we started talking about domestic violence. Some of them viewed it a bit like they viewed disciplining their children: it was sometimes OK, or even necessary, but it was important not to go too far.
If you want to slap her, slap her. Don’t go overboard. One slap is fair enough but don’t lay the boot in.
Now and again they do deserve to be smacked.
At the same time, when it came to their own family, they generally believed it was important to step in and stop the violence.
It’s your responsibility [as a father] to talk to her new man and lay the law down.
If my daughter was being bashed and I wasn’t around, then…
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