The young daughter of a friend upon hearing her mother tell her of the passage of VAWA and it’s implications remarked that it was good-that she likens women to butterflies in a manner of speaking.
That they add beauty to the world and were never intended to do any harm, but sometimes harm is done to them, and yes, sometimes they forget they are butterflies and do harm themselves.
A few months or so ago she was given her first computer, a little Acer Aspire which she is completely enamored of, and taught the necessities of safe browsing, parental controls, etc.
Butterflies hold a specific fascination for her, and so she browsed through a few photos of butterflies I had taken to use as a screen saver-this isn’t my favorite as I probably view photos with a more critical eye than her, but it is the one she selected and that’s all that matters.
She asked me if I would post this photo as a gift from her to the “butterflies” of our people and to maybe say a few words:
VAWA is legislation long overdue, and what I view as an incremental step in restoring a balance too many have had no interest in, but like all legislation in itself it is not enough, and the success or failure will depend on two things.
Active enforcement and a change in attitudes- a change reflected in our communities that will translate to zero tolerance.
It’s time to put a stop to the senseless acts VAWA seeks to address-it’s time to stop making excuses or looking the other way. It’s time to stop all the internet posturing of being a warrior and try living like one. A warrior, whose first duty was and is to look to the welfare of women and children.
This isn’t Hollywood – and what is taking place isn’t produced from a script, it is very real, and rent the fabric of the nations. I’d like a future where this little butterfly will be secure, honored, and respected. It is the way it should be now and in the time to come.
It is a step-hopefully the first of what will be many.