NI COLE DA SI LVA

Ac­tress, Went­worth, Doc­tor Doc­tor

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Cosmo Campaign -

‘ My call to arms on vi­o­lence against women came in 2012 when Jill Meagher made a choice any one of us could have made. A woman my age, in Mel­bourne, de­cided to walk home – a 10minute jour­ney – after a night out with friends, on a Satur­day night. She never came back. This could have been me,

this could have been any one of us. How could it have hap­pened in Aus­tralia? Vi­o­lence against women, in all its forms – phys­i­cal, ver­bal, fi­nan­cial, or emo­tional – is un­ac­cept­able, and more of­ten than not is a pre- cur­sor to fur­ther acts of vi­o­lence. I have spo­ken to vic­tims of gen­der- based vi­o­lence, and the ev­i­dence is clear

– ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port are key. Beyond that, we can also speak up for those who can’t, change the nar­ra­tive in main­stream me­dia, and im­plore our ju­di­cial and jus­tice sys­tems to stop blam­ing and sham­ing vic­tims and start pro­tect­ing them. This is how we make change. I would like to see the end of gen­der- based vi­o­lence in my life­time. I want to con­trib­ute to a world in which girls and women are em­pow­ered to be them­selves and live free from vi­o­lence. I urge any­one out there ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this type of be­hav­iour in a re­la­tion­ship to seek help. And I urge our al­lies against gen­der­based vi­o­lence to speak up and take ac­tion.’

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