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Best Top 100 Inspirational NO Violence to Women Day Quotes

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë

“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

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“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

“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” – Mark Twain

“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.” – Dr. Mae Jemison

“If ghost, if whore, if virgin—same origin story: because X was a face too lovely, Y was a corpse in the lake.” – Emily Skaja, Brute: Poems

“Violence is the type of possession.” – Arif Naseem

“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

“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Good women don’t have bad things happen to them- in order to be raped, I need first to be made into this caricature of a bad woman. This male psycho-sexual logic looks at penetration as punishment. This is the rape that disciplines, the rape that penalizes me for the life I have presumably led. This is the rape that tames, the rape that puts me on the path of being a good wife. This is the rape whose aim is to inspire regret in me. This is the rape whose aim is to make me understand that my husband can do with my body as he pleases. This is rape as ownership. This rape contains rage against all the men who may have touched me, against all the men who touch me, against all the men who may have desired me. This nightly rape comes with a one-point agenda: she must derive no pleasure from sex. And yet, whenever he takes me against my will, he taunts me for enjoying it. In his ironclad logic: I am a whore, so I can be raped; I let myself be raped, so I am a whore.” – Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

“But why does it matter what we call it, as long as there is concerted action to respond to and prevent such crimes? It matters because if we really want to fix something that is broken, if we want to heal these fractures in our society, then we need to understand their causes. If we do not, then we will forever continue to place giant sticking plasters over the wounds left by this violence, trying to bandage over losses that can never be replaced. As long as this violence continues, it is obviously the case that we do have to address the symptoms, but my argument is that we must also address the causes if we want a long-term reduction or even, perhaps, the eventual eradication of male violence against women.” – Finn Mackay

“This doll-guy situation is an extreme of what I deal with in everyday life, where men believe that what they want I want, and they project that on to me and then blame me, curse me, when I don’t respond the way they’ve fantasized, like it’s some personal attack on them, like they’re entitled to something. Doll guy and dog guy and rape guy, the dangerous ones, they just go a step further and take it anyway. Then they blame you and the way you look for what they did. What’s worse is that a lot of the time, society blames you, too.” – Taylor Stevens, The Doll

“Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.” – Shonda Rhimes

“You have a chance to save lives! If you don’t take it, you may regret it!” – Widad Akrawi

“Not one person on earth is immune to crime and trauma.” – Shahla Khan, Friends With Benefits: Rethinking Friendship, Dating & Violence

“Well how you spect to make her mind? Wives is like children. You have to let ’em know who got the upper hand. Nothing can do better than a good sound beating. (Walker 2000: 34)” – Alice Walker

“Boys’ aggressiveness is increasingly being treated as a medical problem, particularly in schools, a trend that has led to the diagnosing and medicating of boys whose problem may really be that they have been traumatized and influenced by exposure to violence and abuse at home. Treating these boys as though they have a chemical problem not only overlooks the distress they are in but also reinforces their belief that they are “out of control” or “sick,” rather than helping them to recognize that they are making bad choices based on destructive values. I have sometimes heard adults telling girls that they should be flattered by boys’ invasive or aggressive behavior “because it means they really like you,” an approach that prepares both boys and girls to confuse love with abuse and socializes girls to feel helpless.” – Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

“Male dominance in society always means that out of public sight, in the private, ahistorical world of men with women, men are sexually dominating women.” – Andrea Dworkin, Right Wing Women

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“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

“Successful women are not liked. I think the biggest danger for women in science is colleagues who are not as good as you are.” – Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” – Janis Joplin

“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

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” – Margaret Thatcher

“If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.” – Al Anon

“Women should be angry about the violence and fear that inform so much of our lives. So should men.” – Soraya Chemaly, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger

“John was still making comments regarding violent things that he shouldn’t, but I hoped he was just being a big mouth. Nobody was going to listen to me anyway.” – Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

“Aileen, I wish I could’ve taken you there. It’s too late now. I wish you hadn’t hurt all those people. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I know you hate it when I say that, what I meant was that I wish all those people hadn’t hurt you. (“Aileen Wuornos Isn’t My Hero”)” – Olivia Gatwood

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

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

“One is that if women’s sexuality in Africa wasn’t under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren’t subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behavior generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn’t have a pandemic.” – Stephen Lewis

“I LOVE YOU FROM THE WAIST DOWN, I DON’T DEAL IN DAMAGED GOODS.” – CAROL FELLER, Dancing through Minefields

“It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” – Byron Katie

“Success as a woman has changed me. That’s what I feel is the first thing. When I feel like a successful woman as a rounded human being, then it feeds my work in a broader way so it becomes more interesting.”- Jacqueline Bisset

“They just call you stupid. A dumb bitch. Sympathy is only meted out if you follow all of society’s rules for how a victim is supposed to behave.” – Nenia Campbell, Cease and Desist

“I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

“Women in the online gaming community have been harassed, threatened, and driven out. Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist media critic who documented such incidents, received support for her work, but also, in the words of a journalist, ‘another wave of really aggressive, you know, violent personal threats, her accounts attempted to be hacked. And one man in Ontario took the step of making an online video game where you could punch Anita’s image on the screen. And if you punched it multiple times, bruises and cuts would appear on her image.’ The difference between these online gamers and the Taliban men who, last October, tried to murder fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai for speaking out about the right of Pakistani women to education is one of degree. Both are trying to silence and punish women for claiming voice, power, and the right to participate. Welcome to Manistan.” – Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

“Don’t want your boyfriend to see you looking so glamorous?” He smiles and jabs me with his finger. He is looking at me strangely, as if to say, This is who you are. You’ve been pretending that you’re someone else. Someone better. But you are just this.” – Tara Westover, Educated

“It’s estimated that $55 million dollars is spent on aftercare in Kenya alone every year. This model is not practical or sustainable and does nothing to address the growing epidemic of sexual violence. It’s crucial to get the world community to recognize self-defense as a viable means to prevention and begin a dialogue about how every single young or old woman can learn these simple life-saving techniques.” – Lisa Cole

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b*tch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

“Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

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

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel

“Dead and mutilated bodies, famine, and citizens handicapped by economic sanctions are all part of the warlords’ bartering chips for seizing power and securing valuable concessions. Many proud nations of indigenous people perished in battle for control of lands that rightfully did not belong to the army bearing superior forces. No army returns territory it took, unless compelled to do so by hard costs. The meek might inherit the earth someday, but for now the most aggressive and ruthless armies control the turf.” – Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” – Arlene Rankin

“Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” – Pink

“No ONE MENTIONS YOUR TEARS, SADNESS OR SLOW DEATH! BUT, WE FEEL YOUR FALLEN TEARS, YOUR BEHEADED BODIES, YOUR RAPED DIGNITY!” – Widad Akrawi

“Guns make small men feel big.” – Oliver Gaspirtz

“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

“Violent men, and men in authority over violent men, and the broader public that authorises those men, are not yet shamed by the harm of coercive control over women … Maybe we can rest some hope on the growing activity of men of goodwill calling on each other to change. When that group hits a critical mass, the majority of men will be more likely to want to change.” – Lee Lakeman

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE… AND BEG EVERYONE… TO BE A HERO… AND SAVE THE YAZIDI NATION” – Widad Akrawi

“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

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” – Catherine Cook

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” – Melinda Gates

“We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.” – Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

“Love may not be quid pro quo but marriage certainly is.” – Shahla Khan, I Want Back My Sparkle!: Breaking the Global Chains of Gender Slavery.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.’ (Leviticus 18:22). That means simply that it is foul to do to other men what men habitually, proudly, manfully do to women: use them as inanimate, empty, concave things; fuck them into submission; subordinate them through sex.” – Andrea Dworkin, Right Wing Women

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“I Will Follow Anyone And Tell Everyone How They Abduct… And Torture Children In the Name Of Religion” – Widad Akrawi

“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

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

“We are currently facing many hurdles, BUT will never lose the sight of infinite hope.” – Widad Akrawi

“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.

“By setting out models for how men should act to seduce women, these texts also implicitly script appropriate female behavior. Women who react appropriately, or as expected, to seduction techniques are rewarded with the descriptor “feminine,” whereas those who do not follow standard seduction scripts are unnatural and unwomanly. Such guides do not only give advice to men; they also condition their readers to expect certain kinds of female behavior and give them permission to feel violently angry when women do not conform to those behavioral models.” – Donna Zuckerberg, Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age

“This moment would define my memory of that night, and of the many nights like it, for a decade. In it I saw myself as unbreakable, as tender as stone. At first I merely believed this, until one day it became the truth. Then I was able to tell myself, without lying, that it didn’t affect me, that he didn’t affect me, because nothing affected me. I didn’t understand how morbidly right I was. How I had hollowed myself out. For all my obsessing over the consequences of that night, I had misunderstood the vital truth: that its not affecting me, that was its effect.” – Tara Westover, Educated

“Things keep happening all around you. There is violence, there is gore, there are people who will use you and never look back to see what became of you, and worse, there are people who will break you into smithereens before they leave to make sure they don’t have to look back to see what became of you.” – Heema Shirvaikar, Uff Ye Emotions 2

“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

“Let’s be very clear about this, asshole: I’ve been a woman in Arkansas. I know damn well what it means when a man says to me ‘Calm down.’ Being raped comes next, and that’s a fact I’m never going to forget.” – Agnostic Zetetic

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter

“SHOW THE WORLD YOUR STRONG COMPASSION! GIVE YOUR VOICE TO VOICELESS KOBANE KIDS!” – Widad Akrawi

“Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE… AND BEG EVERYONE… TO HELP RESCUE ALL IMPRISONED WOMEN.” – Widad Akrawi

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE AND THANK EVERYONE WHO TRIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE CIVILIANS” – Widad Akrawi

“In protesting for your rights in any form you may, but it’s only good, If they can understand your problems and feelings and not only to judge you.” – Auliq Ice

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE… AND REMIND EVERYONE… OF THE FATE… OF THE ENSLAVED… YAZIDI WOMEN” – Widad Akrawi

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Studies conducted in a city in Zimbabwe found that half of reported rape cases involve girls less than 15 years of age and that girls are most vulnerable to sexual abuse by male relatives, neighbors and school teachers.” – Njovana Watts

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“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

“It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.” – Taylor Swift

“We Have a Chance To Save Lives If We Don’t Take It We May Regret It Like We Did With Alan Kurdi” – Widad Akrawi

“The truth is: It is a privilege to have your body looked for.” – Olivia Gatwood, Life of the Party

“Would the end be brutish and short? Or would it be long and drawn out? People dying slowly of every illness under the sun. From viruses that seeped from under jungle rocks. From infections received while making love. From fratricide. Genocide. Hatred that intensified over decades, centuries, until nothing could stop its rolling over and flattening entire peoples, races, continents. Would the passion and joy of future generations be expressed in acts of hate, as acts of “sex” were now routinely expressed in acts of violence?” – Alice Walker

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

“Violence is central to patriarchy, and the forms of systemic violence are interconnected in Western societies. Recognizing similarities across forms of oppression (such as racism, child abuse, speciesism, and sexism, for example) is essential.” – Lisa Kemmerer, Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice

“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

“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

“We are currently facing countless hurdles and obstacles, BUT will never lose the sight of infinite hope.” – Widad Akrawi

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ” – Roseanne Barr

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” – Tory Burch

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” – Rhonda Hansome

“Being a victim is supposed to set you free; it acquits you of any agency, any sense of responsibility to the person who did you harm. It’s not your fault, they say. Leave him, they say. Nobody ever tells you what to do if leaving isn’t an option.

“He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless,because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so …” – George Orwell, 1984

“Ask a man what his greatest fear is about serving jail time, and he will almost inevitably say he fears being raped. What can we deduce from the fact that jail is to men what life is to so many women?” – Soraya Chemaly, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger

“Power is not given to you. You have to take it.”—Beyoncé Knowles

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

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“No amount of me trying to explain myself was doing any good. I didn’t even know what was going on inside of me, so how could I have explained it to them?” – Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

“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

“The Purpose of life is to thrive and save lives with passion! Save Yazidis today with love and compassion!” – Widad Akrawi

“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

“Elle pourrait juste plier bagages et partir, mais elle ne visualise pas ce qu’ il y a au-delà.” – Núria Añó

“I want to write a poem for the women on Long Island who, when I show them the knife I carry in my purse, tell me it’s not big enough, (“Ode to the Women On Long Island”)” – Olivia Gatwood, Life of the Party

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE… AND DEMONSTRATE TO EVERYONE… THAT THEIR FEAR IS GENUINE” – Widad Akrawi

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

“ISIS BEHEADS CIVILIANS WHILE WORLD KEEPS FORGETTING WHAT VICTIMS’ SOULS R BEGGING: HUMANITY SAVE KOBANE” – Widad Akrawi

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

“La violencia es ese monstruo que habita en el cuerpo de almas olvidadas, encerrando sus gritos de auxilio en el corazón de un verdugo. Almas tan desesperadas que al mínimo estímulo, despiertan para pedir ayuda a la misma bestia que las esclaviza. Una bestia convencida de que su única salvación es nunca abrir la celda que las aprisiona.” – Ahtziri Lagarde, Las Cenizas de Ícaro

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and sh*t to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schumer

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.” – George Meredith

“YAZIDIS AND CHRISTIANS WANT TO BE FREE OF NIGHT MIST AND BEHEADING DRIFT!” – Widad Akrawi

“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” – Anne Frank

“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

“There is a similar system of discrimination, extending far beyond a small geographical region to the entire globe; it touches every nation, perpetuating and expanding the trafficking in human slaves, body mutilation, and even legitimized murder on a massive scale. This system is based on the presumption that men and boys are superior to women and girls, and it is supported by some male religious leaders who distort the Holy Bible, the Koran, and other sacred texts to perpetuate their claim that females are, in some basic ways, inferior to them, unqualified to serve God on equal terms. Many men disagree but remain quiet in order to enjoy the benefits of their dominant status. This false premise provides a justification for sexual discrimination in almost every realm of secular and religious life.” – Jimmy Carter, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

“It is not a single crime when a child is photographed while sexually assaulted (raped.) It is a life time crime that should have life time punishments attached to it. If the surviving child is, more often than not, going to suffer for life for the crime(s) committed against them, shouldn’t the pedophiles suffer just as long? If it often takes decades for survivors to come to terms with exactly how much damage was caused to them, why are there time limits for prosecution?” – Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

“If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” – Grace Hopper

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“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

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE AND REMIND EVERYONE OF THE SUFFERING… OF THE ENSLAVED… YAZIDI WOMEN” – Widad Akrawi

“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

“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

“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

“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

“The story of my birth that my mother told me went like this: “When you were coming out I wasn’t ready yet and neither was the nurse. The nurse tried to push you back in, but I shit on the table and when you came out, you landed in my shit.” If there ever was a way to sum things up, the story of my birth was it.” – Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

“Reader, I cannot promise you will be less afraid when you finish this book, but I hope you will feel more able to name what lives inside you.” – Olivia Gatwood, Life of the Party

“Violence against women is the last refuge of disgusting immoral men.” – Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

“Self respect by definition is a confidence and pride in feeling that you are behaving in an honorable and dignified manner. -Respect yourself by respecting others.” – Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

“Since the death of his daughter, a consumptive, he had not thrashed a woman; he lived alone.” – Elias Canetti, Auto-da-Fé

“Don’t want your boyfriend to see you looking so glamorous?” He smiles and jabs me with ihs finger. He is looking at me strangely, as it to say, This is who you are. You’ve been pretending that you’re someone else. Someone better. But you are just this.” – Tara Westover, Educated

“Women face an uphill battle, from sexism and violence to inequality. In some areas, they are forced to deal with a culture that promotes primitive practices that endanger them, not just physically, but emotionally as well.” – Hagir Elsheikh, Through Tragedy and Triumph: A Life Well Traveled

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

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

“I want to know what it means to survive something. does it just mean I get to keep my body?” – Olivia Gatwood, Life of the Party

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

“No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God!” – T D Jakes

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” – Byron Katie

“Violence against women is a key element in this new global war, not only because of the horror it evokes or the messages it sends but because of what women represent in their capacity to keep their communities together and, equally important, to defend noncommercial conceptions of security and wealth.” – Silvia Federici, Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women

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“WE KNOW YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY DARKNESS… IN THE TERROR FOREST! WE HOPE FOR MOONLIGHT!” – Widad Akrawi

“He told me that if I hung up, he’d do it. He would commit suicide. He told me that if I called the cops he would kill every single one of them and I knew that he had the potential and the means to do it” – Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Threatening a current or former partner isn’t passion, or love, or heartache. It’s violence, it’s abuse and it’s a crime.” – Miya Yamanouchi

“IT’S ALL CLEAR ISIS INVADES YOUR SPHERE YET NO ONE IMAGINES YOUR FEAR BUT DON’T WORRY TAUSSI MELEK IS HERE RESTORING LIVES NEAR” – Widad Akrawi

“She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Atticus

“Dad held Mama as if she were made of glass. So careful, so concerned for her well-being. It filled Leni with an impotent rage. And then she’d get a glimpse of him with tears in his eyes and the rage would turn soft and slide into something like forgiveness. She didn’t know how to corral or change either of these emotions; her love for him was all tangled up in hate. Right now she felt both emotions crowding in on her, each jostling for the lead.” – Kristin Hannah, The Great Alone

“Walk away from every vicious act. Never look back.” – Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“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

“I WILL FOLLOW ANYONE AND TELL EVERYONE HOW THEY SPONSOR… THE KILLING OF THE YAZIDI NATION” – Widad Akrawi

“Intimidated, old traumas triggered, and fearing for my safety, I did what I felt I needed to do.” – Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

“Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.” – Yulia Tymoshenko

“Young girls frequently report that their early sexual experiences were coerced. In a study in South Africa, 30 percent of girls report that their first sexual intercourse was forced. In rural Malawi, 55 percent of adolescent girls surveyed report that they were often forced to have sex.” – Njovana Watts

“Beheading, burying and burning humans alive are extreme acts of cruelty. Such crimes against humanity must be investigated and the guilty parties brought to justice. May ALL victims rest in peace!” – Widad Akrawi

“Compassion is a reflection of our connectedness. Your voice is need and much appreciated!” – Widad Akrawi

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J. K. Rowling

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” – Brigham Young

“And there’s one other matter I must raise. The epidemic of domestic sexual violence that lacerates the soul of South Africa is mirrored in the pattern of grotesque raping in areas of outright conflict from Darfur to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in areas of contested electoral turbulence from Kenya to Zimbabwe. Inevitably, a certain percentage of the rapes transmits the AIDS virus. We don’t know how high that percentage is. We know only that women are subjected to the most dreadful double jeopardy. The point must also be made that there’s no such thing as the enjoyment of good health for women who live in constant fear of rape. Countless strong women survive the sexual assaults that occur in the millions every year, but every rape leaves a scar; no one ever fully heals. This business of discrimination against and oppression of women is the world’s most poisonous curse. Nowhere is it felt with greater catastrophic force than in the AIDS pandemic. This audience knows the statistics full well: you’ve chronicled them, you’ve measured them, the epidemiologists amongst you have disaggregated them. What has to happen, with one unified voice, is that the scientific community tells the political community that it must understand one incontrovertible fact of health: bringing an end to sexual violence is a vital component in bringing an end to AIDS. The brave groups of women who dare to speak up on the ground, in country after country, should not have to wage this fight in despairing and lonely isolation. They should hear the voices of scientific thunder. You understand the connections between violence against women and vulnerability to the virus. No one can challenge your understanding. Use it, I beg you, use it.” – Stephen Lewis

“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

“Inside a song has always been the one place I’m most at home. Music never abused me, never made me sick never tried to kill me. Music is the one thing I can’t afford to lose.” – J. Matthew Nespoli

“What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” – Jane Austen

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

“As part of the healing process, change your perception of yourself from “victim” to that of “advocate” and “survivor.” – Don Easton, Angel in the Full Moon

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