People often feel helpless against violence, viewing it as an inevitable
part of the human experience. Although it springs at us from news headlines
every day, violence can also weave a web of silence, shame, and despair that
prevents people from speaking out and taking action. Millions suffer in the
silence of their homes. For many, the silence kills.
There is no safe haven from violence. It invades our communities, our
streets, our work places, our schools, and even our homes. Perpetrators of
violence are often the people we should be able to trust the most: caretakers,
parents, spouses, and even children. Fear, intimidation, and the belief that
nothing will change have prevented us from taking a unified stand against
violence for too long.
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