Writing on the Wall: WOW Campaign
I just read an article about a group of girls who had been raped on a college campus at various times and because the administrators on the campus refused to expel their rapists someone took matters into their own hands and wrote the names of the rapists on the bathroom wall. The girls said that it was not one of them that wrote the names, but in any case, the rapists were made known to other women on campus, which likely made them aware that they needed to be extra vigilant around those particular young men. It may have even kept other young women from becoming the next victim. This article got me to thinking, what if every victim of rape, child sexual abuse, or domestic violence took to writing on a wall the names of their abusers to warn other women. This could have a great impact on our society which is notorious for covering up these types of scandals and crimes. Other women and children would be warned, and the abused victim would stay anonymous if she so desired. Many women are scared to report their victimization to authorities, which often allows the perpetrator to attack more victims. This is not about getting revenge, but exposing these kinds of evil so that others may be warned; those who would be victims, so they may keep themselves safe; and those who would be abusers, so they may know that their sins will find them out.
While I was thinking on this, I was reminded of the Bible verse in Daniel, chapter 5 that tells of a hand from God writing on a wall in judgment against a wicked man. That verse states, “you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.” This is what I believe God would say to those men who abuse women and children in the most horrendous displays of evil. The article also made me think of another verse in Matthew 10:26 which states, “So don’t be afraid of them because there isn’t anything covered, that won’t be uncovered; and secret, that won’t become known.” And another verse in Ephesians 5:11 which states, “So don’t have anything to do with the meaningless actions of darkness, but instead expose them for what they are. It’s a shame even to speak of what’s done by them in secret, but everything that is disapproved of is made clear when it’s brought to light and whatever makes it clear is light.”
In light of these verses, I am calling on every victim of rape, child sexual abuse, or domestic violence to expose their abusers by writing their names on a wall where others may be warned of their evil deeds. Bathroom walls have been used as billboards to use, misuse, and abuse women and children for as long as I can remember. I say lets take back the walls and use them for a greater purpose than to call someone a slut or other such derogatory terms as have been used against women in the past. All it takes is a little courage and a permanent marker in your purse. If you feel it’s not right to use a wall for courageous graffiti then use sticky notes and write on it. In recognition of Awareness of Domestic Violence month I would like to begin this campaign October 1, 2014. Please share this on all your social networking sites and spread the word.
Put your declaration in a relevant place where others may be warned, where you know your abuser frequents. Whether it’s an educational campus, a church or religious institution, or a public business, then put them in the bathrooms and on bulletin boards or other relevant places. Whether your abuser is a teacher, a peer, a religious leader or lay person, a business man or your boss, a boyfriend, or husband, he needs to be exposed if he is a danger to you or to anyone else. If your abuser may figure out who you are, then you may get someone else to write it for you, so your abuser won’t recognize your handwriting. If you post it yourself, make sure you are not seen be your abuser, who may try to further harm you. In cases where there is only one known victim such as domestic violence, who would surely be known to the abuser, make sure you are in a safe place or let someone else post it for you. Charges should be filed with local law enforcement agencies where applicable, if you or someone else is likely to be hurt again. Please note the WOW campaign at the end of the statement which means Warn other women to the ladies and Writing on the Wall to the abusers. Please don’t abuse this campaign by making false statements. God said, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” and will not hold you guiltless if you do.
My suggested statements are simply:
So and so is a rapist, WOW!
So and so is a child sex abuser, WOW!
So and so is a domestic partner abuser, WOW!
Since more than a third of all women are raped or abused sexually or physically, I hope to see these WOW statements spread like wildfire. Secrets keep the power in the hands of the abusers while exposing the secrets puts power back in the survivors’ hands, and will likely save many other women and children from being victimized by those abusers. Most abusers have more than one victim, some have many victims. So be courageous and Write on a wall!