Another year has passed and we still have so much work to do to end gender based violence and violence against women.
Until the violence stops..
On December 6, 1989, fourteen female engineering students were murdered at school in Montreal. They were murdered because they were women and their murders were extreme acts of gender based violence.
Just last week, on December 1, 2016, a Toronto doctor was murdered by her physician husband. Someone posted something on facebook, commenting that this murderer must be “sick,” or “mentally ill,” and I was angry.
Violence against women, domestic violence, and gender based violence that escalates to femicide is not caused by seriously mentally ill men. That’s a myth and it’s a dangerous one which overlooks the very real structural and societal causes of violence against women. Causes such as patriarchy, rape culture, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and other types of oppression and inequality that impact women and gender non-conforming folks. Mentally ill and other folks with disabilities are far more likely to be the victims of violent crime…
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