Have you seen a red flag? Cosmo’s Red Flag Initiative
He blames you for everything. He tells you how to dress. He accuses you of flirting. He nags you to have sex with him when you don’t want to. He calls your family members names. THIS I S NOT LOVE.
One in four Australian women have experienced emotional abuse. One in three have experienced physical and/or sexual violence. And one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. That’s too many women. Cosmo has banded together with influencers, celebrities and survivors of gender- based violence to shine a light on the red flags that all too often precede physical violence. Together we can put an end to violence against women once and for all, reports Shari Nementzik
‘ When the words “domestic violence” came up, it saddened me but never did it strike a chord with me personally. A year ago I looked deeper into the meaning and learnt that abuse has several categories: emotional, mental and physical. All of a sudden it did strike a chord – a really deep one. Ladies, please know the red flags; it could save a life.’
– TEGAN MARTIN, MODEL
Think about this for a minute; think about you and your three closest friends. According to the most recent ABS Personal Safety Survey, one of you either has or will experience physical or sexual violence. Does that enrage you? It should.
Every single day we read a new fact about violence against women and it breaks our hearts. Did you know that women are at least three times more likely than men to experience violence from a partner? Scarily, young women experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than any other group of women. In fact, eight out of 10 women aged 1824 were harassed on the street in the past year. We can’t deny the severity of violence against women. That’s why Cosmo is campaigning to put an end to it once and for all.
Violence against women includes domestic violence, family violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault. And it does not discriminate. Just read the stories of the incredible survivors we interviewed – they all come from different walks of life, but share an awful bond. Khadija Gbla was beaten by her husband, Ally Sanford was drugged and raped after a night out with friends, Lilly Perrott was punched in the face for calling out a man who groped her at a festival, and Nina Funnell was brutally attacked by a stranger while walking home. It can happen to any one of us, our friends, our family, at any time, and the perpetrator can be anyone from your highschool boyfriend to your businessman f iancé, to a complete stranger.
Imagine a world where girls and women live free from violence. It shouldn’t be something we only dream about; safety is a basic human right. By raising awareness, making our voices heard and letting victims know that there is help, that they’re not alone and that it is never their fault, we can make a real difference. It starts with highlighting the red f lags to look out for. Because if you notice one with yourself, a family member or a friend, it’s time to take action. Don’t ignore the red f lags.