“The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence – everyone’s silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine — and change — the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same.”
More about Sir Patrick:
An acclaimed actor who has made his mark internationally on both stage and screen, Sir Patrick Stewart is also a tireless activist and supporter of numerous human rights causes. In the UK, Stewart is a Patron of Refuge, an organization which provides a range of high quality services for abused women and children and advocates for improvements to domestic violence policy and practice, and the implementation of new legislation. Refuge helps to prevent domestic violence through campaigning, education, training and research. He is a Patron for Dignity in Dying, which campaigns for greater choice, control & access to services at the end of life, advocating providing dying adults with the choice of an assisted death, within upfront legal safeguards, and for universal access to end-of-life care. Sir Patrick is also a Patron of Combat Stress, an Ambassador for the United Nations Association – UK and a longtime supporter of Amnesty International, particularly in promoting their Violence Against Women campaign.
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