We’re doing Take Back the Night on campus next week and I could not be more excited! We’re doing a march to raise awareness on sexual assault/domestic violence and our Clothesline project. I made three t-shirts for it. One says, “Sex is a gift, not a weapon,” another says, “Strength is for love, not hate,” and another, I wrote on the sleeves. One sleeve says, “You are beautiful and it’s never your fault,” and another says, “Your worth is not defined by the man you are with but by the woman you are within.” I’ve also talked to people in our Catholic students group to see if we could have a night where we talk about the dignity of women, especially since many people think Catholics hate women, because of a lot of our teachings. And I think that as Catholics, these issues bring up a lot of questions as well. Like, “Did I sin?”, “Did I lead them to sin?”, etc.
Mainly, I want people to know where we stand on women’s dignity and I especially want people to know that it wasn’t their fault and that God hasn’t abandoned them if something bad happened to them. Especially because it impacts so many women. And men and families too. I think, especially because the family unit is under attack, that we need to do something.