“We take a lot of abuse without really realizing what it is until we get out of it,” said Kimball. “It may not be hitting someone. It may be putting them down and making them feel they’re less than what they are. One Billion Rising is really looking at this as a global issue.”
In India, where the eyes of the world are focused on the death of a 23-year-old medical student brutally raped and beaten while returning from the movies, a shift is occurring in the public’s attitudes that have allowed rapes to go unprosecuted and unpunished for decades. It’s the hope of Eve Ensler, and a host of other celebrities, activists and supportive citizens, that the eyes of the world focus in on all the myriad atrocities being exacted on women everywhere through the One Billion Rising movement. They can count on at least 200 from Newburyport, where Dubus’ Dance Place Troupe and Kimball’s client base and contacts have committed to the effort.
And although the event is aimed at empowering women to rise up, Dubus said men are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend. It’s entire communities that include loving and supportive men that will see to it that change is enacted.
“After the student rape in India they were out in the street by the hundreds and thousands carrying signs saying stop this abuse, respect the people who gave birth to you,” said Dubus. “It’s kind of reassuring there are people getting out there. We need men on our side because there’s a lot of men who feel ashamed that their gender are doing this. We need men who do see this as an abhorrence to stand up for women. A lot of them are.”