Take Back The Night—Speak-out Against Sexual Violence
By Maya Nair Noonan
I am often asked how sexual violence prevention “became my issue”, and how I became so passionate about it. I never really know what to say, because to me sexual violence response is not just another “issue” – it’s a fundamental and a deep-seeded problem that threatens the safety and health of everyone across the world. All too often I hear, “Well you’re a woman so of course you’re interested in this stuff”, or “something must have happened to you if you’re so passionate about ending sexual violence.” These are perfect examples of how sexual violence prevention and response work gets pigeonholed as just a “women’s” or a “survivor’s” issue, and these labels contribute to a widespread underestimation of the impact that sexual violence has on all of us.