Another day in the US, another massacre – it feels that way right? Everytime I turn on the news and hear about another shooting I am saddened though not surprised.
6 people died when the son of a Hollywood director went on a rampage over the weekend.
Elliot Rodger released a video prior to the shootings which claimed that his actions were “retribution” for rejection from women. The 22 year old went on a shooting rampage at the University of California and killed 6 young people before taking his own life.
It is such a horrible story, and the fact is that women each and every day live in fear of violence. The tragedy has sparked conversations on Twitter that could be the most important hashtag on the internet today – #YESALLWOMEN.
#yesallwomen was started to encourage all women from around the world to share their stories and feeling around fear and violence.
It is well worth your while to read through some of the many, many posts and you can see them here.
I know that we have come a long way in regards to violence towards women, but there is still a long road ahead of us. Unfortunately there are still people like Elliot Rodger out there which remind us that the road ahead is long. Though when hashtags like this pop up in social media, it makes me feel as though there are many people out there who are interested in bettering our world and that we are on our way.
This tragedy really got to me – I have two young daughters and it sickens me to think that they might experience violence in their lifetime, so here is my contribution to this conversation:
#YESALLWOMEN because by the time my girls are old enough to know what this hashtag stands for, I don’t want it to be relevant.
What would your hashtag be?
For more information about how Australians are trying to stop violence against women visit the White Ribbon website here : http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/