Violence Against Women Quotes

Quotes tagged as "violence-against-women" (showing 1-30 of 91)
Sierra D. Waters
“Today I wore a pair of faded old jeans and a plain grey baggy shirt. I hadn't even taken a shower, and I did not put on an ounce of makeup. I grabbed a worn out black oversized jacket to cover myself with even though it is warm outside. I have made conscious decisions lately to look like less of what I felt a male would want to see. I want to disappear.”
Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

Pawan Mishra
“It was much easier to explain the veil than to answer questions about the wounds.”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

Aysha Taryam
“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.”
Aysha Taryam

Taylor Stevens
“But people like the doll guy who sells women and the dog guy who buys women, and other guys who, say, rape women, or maybe don’t go as far as violent rape but treat women like objects instead of people—sure, there’s a difference in the level of crime, but it’s all the same thing, where women become a canvas for throwing emotional baggage, Jackson Pollock style.”
Taylor Stevens, The Doll

Miya Yamanouchi
“An abuser isn't abusive 24/7. They usually demonstrate positive character traits most of the time. That's what makes the abuse so confusing when it happens, and what makes leaving so much more difficult.”
Miya Yamanouchi

Akshay Vasu
“Every time he raised his hands on her. He killed a prince from a fairy tale somewhere deep within her heart, brutally.”
Akshay Vasu

“There are two kinds of males - men who stand up for women's rights & cowards. The choice is yours.”
Abaida Mahmood

Mallika Nawal
“Perpetrators of abuse often make their victims believe that they are somehow responsible for their own abuse. Such misplaced notions shift the blame of the abuse from the abuser to the abusee.”
Mallika Nawal

“For a nation to become resilient, the citizens have to be empowered irrespective of their gender. We should all be part of the solution to end gender-based violence.”
Ifeoluwa Egbetade

“It is when we finally realize the futility of violence and the invalidity of war will we, the people of this world finally wake up!”
Avijeet Das

“Where is there a Woman, who having generously trusted her liberty with a husband, does not immediately find the spaniel metamorphosed into a tyger, or has not reason to envy the lesser misery of a bond-slave to a merciless tyrant?”
Lady Sophia Fermor, Woman Not Inferior to Man

Alice Walker
“All my life I had to fight... But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house... I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.”
Alice Walker

“Other victims of neurotic dependency are battered wives. The fact that they are so often financially dependent upon the men who beat them makes for a vicious kind of entrapment. It's emotional dependency, though that puts a double lock on the trap. "There's a kind of panic that many women have about being able to make it in any way other than being dependent on their husbands (...) They've been taught their whole lives that they can't. It's a conditioning process."
In situations in which they have no effect on their environments, animals begin to give up. (...) the same thing happens to humans. Stay long enough in a situation in which you feel you have no control, and you will simply stop responding. It's called learned helplessness. (...) Having been "shaped" to believe there is nothing she can do about the situation, the battered wife goes on being battered.Only after she begins to disengage from her belief in her own helplessness can she break out of the vicious cycle of dependency and its brutal effect on her life.”
Colette Dowling, The Cinderella Complex: Women's Hidden Fear of Independence

Jessica Valenti
“Yes, we love the good men in our lives and sometimes, oftentimes, the bad ones too- but that we're not in full revolution against the lot of them is pretty amazing when you consider this truth: men get to rape and kill women and still come home to a dinner cooked by one.”
Jessica Valenti, Sex Object: A Memoir

Andrea Dworkin
“And yes, I mean it. A man who sticks his cock in an infant`s mouth belongs to Himmler`s circle of hell.”
Andrea Dworkin, Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant

Darnell Lamont Walker
“You're not allowed to raise boys who reject all things feminine, then get upset when they become men who hate women.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

Eve Ensler
“Finding violence against women means opening to the great power of women, the mystery of women, the heart of women, the wild unending sexuality and creativity of women – and not being afraid.”
Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

“The manner Women are bred in, (...) they are admitted to no share of the exercises which wou'd qualify them to attack or defend. They see themselves helplessly exposed to the outrages of a sex enslaved to the most brutal transports; and find themselves victims of contempt to wretches, whose prevalent strength is often exerted against them, with more fury and cruelty than beasts practise towards one another. Can our fear then be imputed to want of courage? Is it a defect? Or ought it not rather to be alledged as a proof of our sense: Since it wou'd be rather fool-hardiness than courage to withstand brutes, who want the sense to be overcome by reason, and whom we want vigour to repel by force of arms?”
Lady Sophia Fermor, Woman Not Inferior to Man

Eve Ensler
“Poor women suffer terrible sexual violence that goes unreported. Because of their social class, these women do not have access to therapy or other methods of healing. Their repeated abuse ultimately eats away at their self-esteem, driving them to drugs, prostitution, AIDS, and in many cases, death.”
Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler
“Slowly, it dawned on me that nothing was more important than stopping violence toward women—that the desecration of women indicated the failure of human beings to honor and protect life and that this failing would, if we did not correct it, be the end of us all. I do not think I am being extreme. When you rape, beat, maim, mutilate, burn, bury, and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy of the planet. You force what is meant to be open, trusting, nurturing, creative, and alive to be bent, infertile, and broken.”
Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Men protect women from those like them.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Amit Abraham
“MALE I AM ASHAMED
"Male, I am ashamed today to be or not to be.
Seeing your pleasures gained with bleeding stains.
The pain and agony that satisfies thy libido insane.
Hardness to limp life gone in a blink.
Age no bar, nor relation is, and oh male your
image is getting marred.
The day is not far when
Family, friends and society will scorn when a male is born because of some prick-ing thorns.”
Amit Abraham

Mallika Nawal
“It's the place where dreams end and nightmares begin—it's the world of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).”
Mallika Nawal

Daniel  Abbott
“Dee readies the Ruger to fire. He looks down the sights and finds the back of the young officer’s head. This is power. To take the most precious thing a man has. To have that choice, squeeze or don’t squeeze, this young cop, this racist, this bully, with the pastor’s wife bent over the car now, her legs spread, he’s a little too thorough while he frisks her, a little too friendly with his hands, does he go home to a wife and child, does he go home feeling like he’s doing the city a service? Would he feel it when the bullet entered his skull? Would he have a second thought, a moment of regret, before the world turned black?”
Daniel Abbott, The Concrete

Widad Akreyi
“I wish we'd be able to deliver our message at the global level on the need to recognize the past genocides in order to prevent new ones. Our message of peace and justice will hopefully reach every corner of the world.”
Widad Akreyi

“The danger of tolerating any hurtful behavior is that it can all too quickly become the norm. If we allow ourselves to "get away" with anything we know to be destructive - such as slapping a child or partner in the face - without taking responsibility for the gravity of what we have done, we are that much more likely to minimize the offense: "I may have overreacted, but she's got to learn not to set me off like that." . . . "because the partner is perceived as the cause of the violence, the perpetrator feels justified in using it." Once the actions are justified, they are more likely to be repeated.

It is also important to remember that, in most relationships, both parties engage in some form of the abuses listed above. Angry remarks or mildly aggressive actions - insulting someone's intelligence, throwing a plate of food against the wall - can both provoke and be used to justify retaliatory actions that may be more dangerous, like pushing and shoving someone down the stairs.

On the other hand, one sort of abuse does not necessarily lead to another. Rather, whether or not the violence escalates depends on the person committing it.”
Linda G. Mills, Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse

“Couples counseling has long been banned from the list of acceptable treatments for domestic violence . . . "an inappropriate intervention that further endangers the woman." Schechter explained:

'It encourages the abuser to blame the victim by examining her "role" in his problem. By seeing the couple together, the therapist erroneously suggests that the partner, too, is responsible for the abuser's behavior. Many women have been beaten brutally following couples counseling sessions in which they disclosed violence or coercion. The abuser alone must take responsibility for the assaults and understand that family reunification is not his treatment goal; the goal is to stop the violence.”
Linda G. Mills, Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse

Widad Akreyi
“On the 25th anniversary of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, let us remember that we have a chance to save lives! If we don't take it, we may regret it!”
Widad Akreyi

“I LOVE YOU FROM THE WAIST DOWN, I DON'T DEAL IN DAMAGED GOODS.”
Carol Feller, Dancing through Minefields

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