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article imageOp-Ed: International Women's Day: light a candle against rape

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Mar 8, 2013 in World
For International Women's Day, let's do more than buy roses. Let's light a candle for women's safety and take a stand against rape.
On International Women's Day, I’d like to stand with my daughter Jessica and women throughout the world–against rape. We all heard about the Indian student who died after being raped in a bus, we may have noticed an article about a student who was threatened by her university after reporting her rape, and we may even have watched an Oscar-nominated documentary about rape in the military. Most of us have a friend or family member who was raped. Maybe we were.
If rape happens on a date, involves alcohol, and didn’t cause bruises, we might think it was not so bad. But rape is always a violent crime, and victims can suffer emotional trauma for years afterward.
Let’s light a candle for women’s safety, everywhere. Women, like a beautiful flower, should be protected.
My daughter Jessica holds a candle for women s safety
My daughter Jessica holds a candle for women's safety
A woman lights candles in a Russian Orthodox church
A woman lights candles in a Russian Orthodox church
Photo of a rose taken by my daughter Jessica
Photo of a rose taken by my daughter Jessica
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