Today, November 25th, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Sadly, it's not yet a day that allows us to celebrate the eradication of this global pandemic. See, even in 2015, 35 percent of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime.
Today is, however, a good day to once again think about these tragic events and what we can do to prevent them from happening.
In that vein, Lithuanian activist group Moterys Kalba (Women Speak) released a video that tugs at the heartstrings not only of those affected by sexual violence, but everyone who isn't indifferent to other people's pain.
Learn more about it below:
They invited six famous Lithuanian men: a singer, a journalist, a comedian, two radio show hosts, and a columnist.
None of them knew what the video was going to be about. They were only told to read the note that's been hidden under the seat.
And so they began: "I was only 5 years old when it first happened," one note read. "I couldn't understand what he was doing to me," said another.
All six notes were taken from a list of 25 stories that real sexual abuse survivors shared with the Moterys Kalba team.
"Out of 25 stories, 19 happened in a domestic environment to women in all phases of their lives from childhood, adolescence to adulthood. Women suffered sexual violence perpetrated by their fathers, uncles, brothers, neighbors, stepfathers, and partners," says Neringa Rekasiute, member one of the Moterys Kalba team.
According to the creators, they want to reach several goals with their project. First of all, Moterys Kalba hopes that bringing more awareness to the issue will help break society's stigma around violence against women.
Second, they are striving to create a safe environment where victims could seek help and heal emotionally after facing such trauma.
And lastly, by showcasing respectable examples that many young men in Lithuania look up to, they hope to reach and educate them on topics such as consent and respect towards the opposite gender.