Can't help feeling outraged

Friday, October 05, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I was reading a report in the Jamaica Observer a few days ago about the WW initiative Stop Violence Against Women and found it quite interesting and informative. I went on to consider its impact on our culture with us being often too soft towards male aggressive approaches.

Then I read that Donald Trump, president of the United States of America, was mocking Dr Christine Blasey Ford and her statement in front of the American Senate. I felt outraged about the fact that a president could laugh at someone with impunity in front of a cheering audience about a possible episode of violence.

Entertaining the crowd with crude comments deprives Ford of her dignity to be listened and respected. Compassion cannot be even mentioned, and if a political leader offers such instruments to his party with the aim to “Make America Great Again”, it is an offence to all women, no matter which party, church, movement, or cooking club they belong to.

It is also surprising the frightening silence from American women, especially seeing that they have a long history in terms of advocacy for their rights. Women have been fighting in the USA against violence and discrimination for years; as the #MeToo movement has lobbied in recent days.

Does anybody have the right to humiliate and offend to make an audience cheer? What does that teach?

I hope women in Jamaica won't tolerate this, especially with violence against us is still a daily threat. We also know that we can take a stand against it.

Maria Carla Gullotta

Stand up forJamaica coordinator

carla-51@cwjamaica.com

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