Letter: Forum on preventing violence against women

To the editor:

This question is to the men of Moffat County.

What if someone told you your mother, your daughter, your sister, or any other female that is important in your life was being stalked by a silent predator?

This predator lives among us.

It lurks behind closed doors, and in the shadows of society.

It causes immeasurable damage not only to the body and mind, but to the spirit of its victims.

The physical scars it leaves behind may heal, but the emotional pain will last a lifetime.

Many times, the victim ends up dead.

This hunter thrives on fear and submission.

It needs to be in control to survive.

It can be stopped, but only if you bring it into the light.

When it can no longer hide, and it can longer exert control over its innocent victims, it will die.

This hidden monster has a name: violence against women.

Violence comes in many forms and has many victims, but women make up 84 percent of spouse abuse victims, and 86 percent of the victims at the hands of a dating partner.

Consequently, 75 percent of the people who commit family violence are men.

This violence doesn’t just affect the immediate victim; it has dire consequences on those living in the environment, mainly children.

Men in particular need to take a stand and tell other men, “It’s not OK.”

Violence against women can only be stopped if we all take a stand against it. Let’s make a change in the lives of women, and let’s start that change in our own backyard.

Advocates-Crisis Support Services/Men’s Voices against Violence is holding an open forum for discussion on ending violence against women.

We would like to invite you to join us at our first monthly meeting and share your thoughts and ideas.

We will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Moffat County Courthouse conference room.

For more information, call 824-9709.

Bruce Cummings

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