The UN said recently that ‘Gender-based violence is perhaps the most widespread and socially tolerated of human rights violations.’ We spoke to philosopher, sociologist and theologian Elaine Storkey about the reasons behind this, and how the church should respond. This led on to a fascinating discussion about what it really means to be a man. Tune in for an eye-opening, challenging and hope-filled conversation.

Interview begins at 3m 36s

Image provided by SPCK Publishing. Used with permission.


Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women


“Almost every society on earth practices some form of violence against women, which becomes institutionalised in that society. So for many [women] this is perfectly normal, there’s nothing odd about it. It’s just normal.”

“Your journey [as a man] is finding out what it means to be you. The touchstone is to be a human being, what is it to be a human being and it is to be someone created by God to love. And to give and to share and to bless and to heal and to build up and not to destroy.”


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  1. Judy Gale Jan 30, 2016

    Thank you for covering this! I work with college students and can assure you that sexual violence has no boundaries (cultural, socioeconomic, etc.). It is a sad reality that leaves everyone involved traumatized (PTSD). There needs to be more effort towards prevention.

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