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Violence doesn’t discriminate

March 27, 2014

 

SCHILLING

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Hannah Schilling
Multimedia Editor

 

Ian McNicholl was a victim of domestic violence.

 

Over the course of their relationship, his then fiancée punched him in the face, stubbed out cigarettes on his body, hit him with a metal bar and a hammer and poured boiling water onto his lap. That at 6 feet he was almost a foot taller than her made no difference.

 

Even though these instances of violence continue to occur against every gender in the spectrum, society and organizations continue to only focus on women as victims.

 

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an event where men walk a mile in high heels in order to bring awareness and funds for violence against women. Alpha Chi Omega, a Tech sorority, and Kappa Sigma, a Tech fraternity, are hosting one of these walks March 29, challenging male students with the question, “Are you man enough?”

 

“It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexual violence against women,” their website notes.

 

These organizations along with a majority of society continue to ignore the reality of sexual violence: Men are not the only ones committing it.

 

According to a 2010 national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Justice, more men than women were victims of intimate partner physical violence.

 

When men experience domestic abuse, they often do not report it because they fear people will not believe them.

 

They anticipate the same comment some readers of this column may have been thinking: “Men can defend themselves because they are stronger.”

 

Men may be able to defend themselves, but so can women. It is sexist to imply that women are not strong enough to stand up to their abusers. Both sexes could fight back, but many choose not to. The mindset is the same; I love this person, and even though they are causing me harm, I would never hurt them. They feel hopeless and trapped, regardless of their sex.

 

Victims of violence wielded by either sex deserve love and assistance. So instead of challenging, “Are you man enough?” we should be asking, “Do we care enough?” to stop discriminating against victims because of their sex.

 

Hannah Schilling is a journalism and political science major from Bossier City who serves as multimedia editor for the Tech Talk. Email comments to hms017@latech.edu.

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