One in three.

That’s the current global statistic about violence against women.

L-R: R. Vahey / D. Hunter / D. Richards - women star golfers at Kernwood Country Club, Salem

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

 

One in three women around the world will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. (2003 UNIFEM report “Not A Minute More: Ending Violence Against Women”)

Next time you are hanging out with two of your girlfriends, you can pretty safely assume that at least one of the three of you has been the victim of violence at some point in her life. You might not know it though, because the shame associated with it is so strong that the majority of us don’t ever discuss it or report it.

But this week In The Powder Room, we’re talking about it. We’re ALL talking about it…all day, every day.

I encourage you to join me and my colleagues as we explore various facets including how to raise our sons to not be rapists, surviving childhood sexual abuse, a man’s perspective, is a woman ever to blame?, what is a “Slut Walk”?, and many more tough issues. We all poured our hearts out this week and I hope you’ll get as much out of our work as we put into it.

I am truly so proud to be a part of this group of phenomenal writers and leaders.

Now join me, won’t you, as I share the story of how I accidentally taught my 9 year old daughter about the issue of rape, with unwelcome help from a couple of pop songs.

not lightly,

-Iris