Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Sexual assault; We must be the change we want to see

By Frank DiCocco
Guest blogger
We Must Be the Change We Wish to See All Around Us
We need to change the way we think about the female gender, and the way we perceive women’s place in society. We have to examine the ways that we think about and speak about women, and individually, we need to re-evaluate the things we allow others to say about and to do to women.

We need to change the way we think about assertiveness and aggressiveness. We need to change the ways that we create, tolerate, and allow violence to persist in our society. We need to begin working to initiate change: WE need to change…if we want our SOCIETY to change. Period.

In sports, there are many times when your team calls upon you to do your part.
Eventually, there comes a time when your team and your teammates need you to step up.
Well, right now, our country needs you.  Our culture needs you.  Our society needs you.
And our world needs you.  It’s time to wake up.  It’s time to step up.
There is no value in standing back. But there is valor in standing up.
Don’t stand back. Step up and take action.
Come forward and speak up.
Step forward and act.

It’s Time We Change the Way We Live
When it comes to sexist attitudes, disrespectful remarks, and the violent mistreatment of women: Enough is enoughalready.  It’s time for a change.  It’s time we change our world—change our communities, our neighborhoods, our schools, and even our own houses—by changing ourselves and by challenging those around us to change as well. 

To paraphrase the late Tupac Shakur: It’s time we change the way we live. It’s time we change the way we treat each other. It’s time for us as a people to change.  It’s time for each of us to start making some changes—individually—if we want to start seeing some changes begin to occur—collectively. After all: Enough is enough, already.  It’s time for a change.

As a society, we need to Wake Up. More importantly, we need to Stand Up.
We need to Speak Up. We need to Speak Out, and we need to kick-start a change.
We must not only sit around, dream, and wish for change to take place.
We must roll-up our sleeves and work to make that change happen.

With this being April & Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I am going to continue to do my part to make sure that I’m doing all I can to make a difference.  I will do my part.  Will you do yours?

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