Patrick Stewart Speaks Out About Domestic Violence

I haven’t written a post about domestic violence in a little while. So I just want to share some different posts highlighting Patrick Stewart and his campaign to bring awareness and the end to domestic violence.

In a speech at the UN New York Hotel, March 8, 2013, Stewart said, “Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation.”  And, he calls for One Million Men to end the violence against women.

If you haven’t seen it yet – here is the amazing speech he gave for Amnesty International:

And this is a post by a young woman who recently had the chance to meet Patrick Stewart and how his previous speech helped her: http://lemonsweetie.tumblr.com/post/51652237280/let-me-tell-you-a-thing-about-an-amazing-man

Very brave of her to speak out! She also posted a link to this video where he answers her question about what he’s most proud of:

Please remember that if you are in an abusive relationship – there is help available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can assist you in finding local resources.

Click here for previous posts on Domestic Violence. You’ll find other resources there as well.

As always – thank you for reading. Be safe!

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15 Responses

  1. Patricia Yager Delagrange

    What an extraordinary set of videos from Patrick and that young woman. They both made me want to cry and both spoke from the heart. His talk was very, very moving and the way he spoke about having that “feeling” inside himself of knowing he was on the edge of violence but “chose” not to act on it – brilliant.
    Thank you for this, Rhonda.
    Patti

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      It was very moving wasn’t it? I teared up several times. I definitely think he’s amazing to share his story and help spread awareness. Thanks for your comment, Patti!

  2. Kassandra Lamb

    I have always admired that man. Now I downright love him. What a powerful speech (both of them) and so from his heart. Thanks for sharing this, Rhonda!

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      I know! I’ve always been a fan of Sir Patrick Stewart. But now, I think he’s a true hero. Thanks for stopping by Kass!

  3. PJ Sharon

    Blown away, Rhonda! Awesome…thanks for posting!

  4. Ayla

    Wonderful. I was the child in the relationship as PS was, but it was mother who was the aggressor.
    I was sat shaking while this first video was on. Thanks Rhonda. x

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      I am really sorry you had to witness this as a child, Ayla. But that’s a good point. Domestic Violence doesn’t affect only women. It affects the children who witness it and are possibly abused themselves. And women aren’t the only ones abused. Men are as well. However, they are less likely to report it so the number that suffer from abuse at the hands of women aren’t fully known. And it doesn’t just affect those in a straight relationship. Domestic Violence crosses all boundaries, straight, gay, lesbian, bi, etc. It affects those rich, poor and in between. It affects people of all races and nationalities. And it should be stopped on all counts. That’s why I’m so glad to see people like Sir Patrick Stewart speaking out and bringing awareness.

  5. Eden

    The first video haunts me… He’s right about that part of knowing how the violence gets passed down. I grew up with a father who was… well, he was much as Stewart describes his own father, angry at a moment’s notice for things that might have nothing to do with his dealings with Mom, sorry (read: angry with himself) the next day when he’d calmed (and sometimes that anger would pass on down the food chain too).

    And it passed along… Early on in my son’s life, I knew that point of almost boiling over (a lot). Sometimes I let go because I was convinced that either it would help make the point, or because I firmly believed that if no one else was going to control themselves…why should I, or… There were a ton of rationalizations….

    (continued because somehow WordPress isn’t letting me post more)

  6. Eden

    (part 2)
    Ever notice that the more you need to rationalize something, the more likely it was a bad idea in the first place?

    It’s taken a lot of reminding myself each times that I have the choice to not be my father, or my mother, who was the child of an abusive mother herself. And while the “point of lost control” probably will never go away completely, I’m finding it’s showing up less and less these days.

    There is always a choice.

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      Hi Eden. Yes there is always a choice. And for those that need it, therapy can help as well. It’s great that you know you have that inclination and the desire to do better for your son. And I do believe the more we practice, the easier it is to overcome and form better responses.

      • Eden

        Practice, daily, is the key. Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that… The saying sounds trite, but there is a reason it has become equated to the idea of taking time.

        Thanks again for the post, Rhonda. While it’s been almost four years since I laid an angry hand on my son now, I know there are others who need to hear this message.

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