Friday, November 30, 2018

Musical journey (99)

November is White Ribbon Month and traditionally issues around violence against women come to the fore and events are organised to raise funds and awareness. However, violence against men is much less discussed. Women lack the physical strength but they can be as strong if not worse than men in doling out emotional abuse. Also, in male same-sex relationships, men can equally be the victims of domestic abuse.

According to this, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 20 men in Australia have experienced at least one incidence of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15. This is a musical post and is not here to elaborate on or politicise this issue but I feel that the language used around domestic violence, abuse and bullying could and should be made more gender-neutral. This site summarises the lesser known facts around domestic violence against men.

For this White Ribbon Month, I've written a song to celebrate those that have successfully risen from violence and abuse to become much stronger people and in the song I call them fighters. I know it's the last day of the month but this problem doesn't go away when November is over. So for those that are still in the thick of it (this [for men] and this would be good local sources of help), I hope this song is able to offer some moral support as you continue to fight this battle.

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