The issue of violence against women is serious. According to the United Nations, one in three women on the planet will be raped, beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. That is 1 billion mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and nieces.
The Petaluma Police Department recorded 152 domestic violence incidents in Petaluma in 2011. Countless other incidents go unreported. It is unacceptable that any act of violence should go unreported. It is unacceptable that any victim should carry that pain and anguish without an avenue for release and healing.
One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to survivors of violence and those who love them, to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice—courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes or simply public gathering places where people deserve to feel safe but often do not. It is a call to break the silence—politically, spiritually, outrageously—through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.
On Feb. 14, V-Day.org is inviting 1 billion people to rise up for justice, walk out, dance and demand an end to this violence. For the second year, 1 billion rising will move the earth, activating women and men around the world to demonstrate their collective strength, numbers, and solidarity across borders. One billion people rising is a revolution.
While numerous One Billion Rising events are scheduled in the Bay Area, one in particular is scheduled for the North Bay, North Bay Rising (Petaluma). To participate at the event nearest you, go to www.OneBillionRising.org.
Join us, along with over 182 other countries, in rising for justice and saying "No more!" to the violence.
Carol Sanders is a board member of Guided to Safety.
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