Violence comes in many forms. It comes as unwanted physical contact - bruising and violating bodies, minds, identity, and self-confidence. It comes as words, in looks, and in silence. It comes disguised in practices and policies of exclusion and stigmatization, and in the passivity of onlookers. It comes as minorities are marginalized, as women are objectified, and as children are coerced. It comes in our traditions, our religion, our family histories, and learned behaviours. It comes disguised as a ‘solution’, as something that is ‘normal’. Like a wind-blown virus it is insidious.

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