When people make decisions that greatly improve the wellbeing of women and children who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, I feel we are getting somewhere as a community.
I plan on spending the rest of my life telling stories through the eye of the lens – stories about subjects that really matter in this world. I hope to shed light on difficult issues, to create dialogue, raise awareness, to inspire and to make a difference. I just can’t wait to tell the next story and the story after that, and the story after that.
As a survivor of domestic violence, my purpose now lies in changing the statistics through a preventative process in a holistic and inspiring way. My own experiences have driven me to become an advocate and an educator. I want to help empower all people to work towards ending violence in all its forms. Everyone has the right to feel and to be SAFE.
Preventing sexual and other forms of gender-based violence is possible – it is up to each and every one of us to take a stand on this issue every day of our lives. How we respond to this issue determines the kind of society in which all of us live and how we can make it better. Many men and boys are ethical and respectful of women and children – but we need more men and boys to commit to challenging attitudes towards gender-based violence and unacceptable behaviours by other men. Women need to stand beside other women to provide support and courage on their journey of recovery.
Education, knowledge and awareness are the three key factors I focus on in my seminars on violence against women. Working predominantly with young men and women in senior secondary schools and universities, I am passionate about facilitating discussion in this area. I firmly believe this process can collectively reduce physical and sexual violence against women.