Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Many times, we do not recognize interpersonal violence because: Survivors don’t want to talk about it 
 We as a society still consider it shameful to be a survivor/victim of interpersonal violence, and interpersonal violence is often intimate and deeply complex and painful
  People doing harm often threaten further harm if the survivor/victim tells anyone
  Survivors may not talk because they (and others) think they did something to cause it or deserve it (blaming the victim) 

Community members would rather not see or challenge the violence.
  We may think that violence is acceptable or okay in certain situations
  We may hope that if we ignore violence, it might go away
  We are afraid that we might ourselves get harmed if we try to intervene or challenge violence 
 We may consider interpersonal violence as private business – we do not want to get involved 
  We question and criticize survivors’ behavior to make sense of the violence or justify doing nothing about it 

Society doesn’t want to recognize it 
 We are unaware of violence and, therefore, do not see it
  We as a society normalize, glorify, and romanticize violence and often do not recognize it as harm 
 We may see it as something that someone deserves 
 We may not think that violence can be stopped or prevented 
 We may think that violence is just a part of life

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