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Memorial of the Montreal Massacre

In memoriam

Worldwide, physical and sexual violence against women is an urgent problem.

One in three women will be beaten or abused in her lifetime. Over 2500 women are killed by family members in “honour killings” each year, mostly in North Africa and parts of Asia (cite).

We in the Western World might think we are immune but we are not. In Canada, from April 2003 to March 2004, 58,486 women had to seek refuge in shelters (cite). Even though we catch some killers of women, we are not doing enough. In Canada, 1559 women are missing and most likely dead (cite).

With these facts and others in mind, we should recall that this December 6 is the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where fourteen women were brutally murdered because of misogyny. But we should be aware of violence against women at all times; we should not use this day as an excuse to file away the problem until the next anniversary and hope it goes away. It is not going to go away. Doing nothing solves nothing. One femicide is too many.

We as a society have an obligation to do something, —educate others, speak out, donate money, raise awareness— anything, to prevent violence against women. Violence against women is something we cannot allow to happen.

Image from the Wikimedia Commons.

Update: The first comment at this article (trigger warning) just goes to show why my thesis is true. As we still have massacre apologists today, we still have a long way to go towards ending violence against women.

Update info via “emily“.

Comments on: "Something we cannot allow to happen" (4)

  1. That comment is one of the most frightening things I have ever read. I’ve seen some pretty awful stuff written by MRAs about the Montreal Massacre, but nothing that ever went so far as to suggest that it was justified.

  2. The same sort of egregrious victim-blaming/rationalization often occurs in response to rape and sexual assault.

  3. Rape apologism is equally disgusting, obviously, but unfortunately not nearly as surprising considering the rape culture we live in. I figured that even the misogynists who think rape is totally okay would draw the line at murder, but I guess not.

  4. Whenever you find a bad person, there’s always someone worse….

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