A powerful new video released by the humanitarian group CARE Norway, part of CARE International, depicts the life trajectory of a girl growing up amid a culture of derogatory comments and jokes about women that lead to rape and violence. The video is narrated by a girl asking her father to please stand up to other men who make comments and jokes because, though he would do anything to protect his daughter, the silent acceptance of such remarks leads other men to act violently toward women.
“You see, I will be born a girl, which means that by the time I am 14 the boys in my class will have called me a whore,” she says. The daughter explains that she will go on to be raped by someone who was raised by a man who told sexist jokes, and how she falls in love with a man who becomes abusive, even though she was raised to be an independent woman and is surrounded by loving friends and family. “He calls me a whore just like you called a girl a whore in middle school once, and then another day, he hits me,” she says.
“One thing always leads to another,” she tells the father, “so please stop it before it gets the chance to begin.”
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