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May 8, 2021

It is not your fault! You’re not responsible for others violence

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Charles MacFarland’s letter on Male Violence, in response to Mandy Nolan’s, must be responded to.

His question ‘What is it about women that makes some men so violent?’ must be challenged. Using that logic we could go so far as to question, ‘What was it about Jews in Germany that made the Nazis murder them?’

In 2018 and considering the #MeToo movement, to once again blame the victims of violence is beyond belief. Over 62 women have been killed by a partner or ex-partner in Australia this year.

To simply say violence against women is somehow the fault of women is to shame the victim and condone the person who perpetrates the violence.

I am deeply concerned that any women who read this letter and are experiencing family/domestic violence will now feel shamed and once again believe the myth that it is their fault. Then locking themselves into a dangerous and life threatening violent situation.

It is not your fault! You are not responsible for the violent actions of another person. You are not alone.

Women’s Domestic Violence hotline 1800 RESPECT 24hr. Mullumbimby Women’s Resource Centre 6684 4299. Lifeline 13 11 14.


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