Non-Consent March against Sexual Violence and Rape

The representatives of STER Foundation took part in the Non-Consent March against Sexual Violence and Rape which took place on 10 October, 2015.

Violence is not a private matter but a social problem and severe drama. It violates not only personal freedoms and human rights, but also the public interest to the detriment of society as a whole. According to the Institute of Justice, from 700 000 to 1 million women in Poland experience physical and sexual violence every year. 150 Polish women die every year due to the domestic violence at their homes. Judgements in Poland are lowered or suspended which translates into the sense of impunity and trivialization of the phenomenon of domestic and sexual violence. Society believes in myths of blaming victims for what has happened to them. Sex without conscious consent means rape. Nothing can explain rape or other forms of sexual violence – neither appearance, behavior or clothing. It is the perpetrator who provokes rape – not the victim. Rape is most often motivated by desire for domination, power, revenge or humiliation. No one wants to be raped like no one wants to be robbed or beaten. No one has the right to cross our borders as we all have the right to (sexual) autonomy.

It is our common duty to keep space free from violence. We do not want to live in fear in society in which victims are victimized and aggressors are exculpated. The Non-Consent March gathered persons who wanted to change perception of rape and sexual harassment. It invited persons who:

  • Condemn all forms of violence: sexual, physical, psychological violence and homophobia,
  • Do not approve impunity of perpetrators, inactivity of law enforcement authorities and lenient judgments;
  • Believe that nothing can excuse aggression and stereotypes of perpetrators and victims,
  • Do not approve sexism and homophobia in media, education, attitudes of law enforcement authorities, health care system and politics,
  • Want to express their solidarity with victims.

We can combat violence together!

The March was supported by the Governmental Plenipotentiary of Equal Treatment – prof. Małgorzata Fuszara, Deputy Speaker of the Polish Parliament Wanda Nowicka, Feminoteka Foundation, Codziennik Feministyczny, Autonomy Foundation, STER Foundation, Federation for Women and Family Planning, Point of View Foundation, EduKABE Foundation, Voices against Violence, Hollaback! Poland, Campaign against Homophobia, Congress of Women, Political Critique, Lambdarsaw Association, Puellanova.pl, Positive Sexuality, Replika, Stage for Ironside, Soroptimist International Poland, Pro Femina Association, Anti-Discrimination Education Association (TEA), Trans-Fuzja Foundation.

You can find more information at Non-Consent March’s website.