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#YESALLWOMEN

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/

  • but they will not change their laws. it is your right to be safe but it isn’t a right , to be able to take away someone’s life!

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  • So sad gun laws need to be changed education too

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  • Very sad to read this, seems these days they use social media to boast about violence, sickening actually.

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  • I’ve never seen this before – wow

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  • Scary, horrible and disturbing for those involved and those on the sidelines. #yestoallwomen and #yestoallmen …..because sadly violence knows no difference.

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  • A terrible tragedy, the easy availablity of guns in the US is frightening. The gun laws need to be tightened. Even this person’s family were unaware of his mental state.

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  • Coming from violence, I would hate to think my family had to endure it

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  • Sadly it isn’t only men who are violently assaulted. A relative of mine was bashed in the face by his now ex with a high heeled shoe during a heated discussion. It took a few weeks to heal. Had I been him I would have left her permanently, not just for a few days until his face started to heal. Had she hit him she would have been running to all his relatives and bad mouthing him, the same as when he had a few days off work while sick with the flu. Basically she reckoned she couldn’t do what she wanted to. She worked all day so I don’t know what she was making a fuss about. Drs. tell you to rest, not to spread it around at your workplace.

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  • now i know. thanks

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  • This article deals with a TERRIBLE TRAGEDY that could have possibly been avoided.! When is America going to get rid of the law that says they have a right to bear arms [guns ]..President Obama has tried but the Gun lobbyist’s win every time! That sickens me!

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  • How horrible. It’s scary to think what the word might be like in 20 years

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  • This is the unfortunate world now its sad to read from all different parts of the world.

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  • I lived with DV and all kinds of abuse for a long segment of my life. #YesAllWomen is about to become my new mantra on ALL posts from now on on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter . thankyou for sharing

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  • Very informative. thank you.

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  • It’s a very scary and uncertaint world these days

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