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(en) Violence against women: Denounce, loud and clear, all the time (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:29:32 +0200

November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women. How to write an article that would say something different from previous years ? Other than the sad fact that men persist in mistreating women or claiming means of prevention ? Other than the need to defeat male domination, patriarchy ? ---- Social networks and the press rustle as this article is written about the " scandal " of denouncing assaults by a US film producer. Everyone knew it, everyone was silent. Men accomplices or not concerned, victims stuck between contradictory injunctions. ---- Media and Justice Add Abuse to Abuse ---- To speak and not to be believed, to have to prove their word, to hear the facts minimized ; to say nothing and to feel complicit in the next attacks, to say nothing and to feel shame in the place of the aggressor, to say nothing and to be criticized for this silence.

To denounce or keep quiet, women victims of violence are always wrong. The media are accomplices, The Inrockuptibles have just afford a cover to the glory of the emotions of Cantat who massacred Marie Trintignant with fists. The trash TV mistreats an author who testifies, or trivializes the sexual assault when an aggressor raises a skirt. Justice overwhelms women victims. Sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old child was not recognized as rape as the girl did not protest ; a father who raped his daughter from 9 to 15 years was sentenced to 18 months suspended ... The trap is total.

Demonstrations were organized in some cities
Stop talking, denounce pigs

But at each denunciation, other women speak. Not the journalists, not the police and the justice of which they have nothing to wait for most of the time. They talk to associations that are overwhelmed by calls, they talk on social networks inventing keywords that unite them like #balancetonporc or #moiaussi. And all, famous or anonymous, have a history of aggressive gestures, humiliating words, rapes. That may be the solution: the end of the silence that protects the aggressors, the public denunciation. First, few women will dare, but we see that it is contagious. Denouncing by giving a name exposes to prosecution, but if several women denounce the same pig (sorry for the animals already victims of the industrial breeding) ...

The powers are not in the women's camp, let's forge other tools. Let's use shame, bad publicity, fear of scandal, denounce and get the aggressors off their backs, their jobs.

Of course, for some women, in some circumstances, talking is too much pain or difficulty. The right not to speak must be absolute.

Christine (AL Orne-Sarthe)

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