STOP for White Ribbon Day

Break the cycle: Cabramatta Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell and Senior Constable Jones holding up White Ribbons. Picture: Chris Lane
Break the cycle: Cabramatta Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell and Senior Constable Jones holding up White Ribbons. Picture: Chris Lane

Togetherness

  • One hit, that was when fear crept in.
  • Never feeling safe again,
  • Never feeling free again,
  • Never forgetting the moment.
  • Two hits, that was when tears rushed down.
  • Never wanting to love again but never wanting to let go.
  • Never been in something so toxic.
  • Three hits,
  • That was when things felt like part of the routine,
  • Never feeling so numb inside, never wanting to speak up again,
  • Never wanting to let go so badly.
  • Once. Or twice. Or three times Is never OK
  • Togetherness is something we strive for, stive for those who don’t hit
  • But commit.
  • Commit to happiness,
  • Commit to togetherness.

That was written by Canley Vale Public School pupil Fiona Nguyen for White Ribbon Day, November 25.

This year’s theme is STOP, which stands for see, talk, offer and prevent. This year White Ribbon Australia are calling on all men to stand against disrespectful behaviour and violence against women. 

Research reveals people are more likely to take action if the woman being assaulted was a known person (98 per cent), not than a stranger (92 per cent). 

Rugby League Players Association’s Clint Newton would advise his younger self: “Don’t wait for anyone to tell you you’re ready, that day may never come. Speak up, even if your voice shakes. Women and girls are relying on you.”