DALLAS — Mayor Mike Rawlings is fighting domestic abuse with a “Dallas Men Against Abuse” rally. He’s hoping to end domestic violence by reaching out to a different demographic. He’s fighting to get the attention of abusers, rather than the abused.
“The ‘ah-ha’ moment for me was when I talked about domestic violence, people would go, ‘see, it’s one of the most important women’s issues we have.’ Then I realized, it’s really not a women’s issue. It’s a man’s issue,” said Rawlings. “If the men deal with this issue, the women don’t have any issue.”
The rally is set for 10am, Saturday March 23 at Dallas City Hall. Rawlings hopes to draw 10,000 men to downtown Dallas. Then he hopes those men will go home and talk about domestic violence within their communities. He sees the rally as a spark that could ignite a major change in the culture of abuse.
“We all have daughters. We have mothers. We have wives. We have mother-in-laws. When I look at those women and realize this could happen to one of them, it breaks my heart,” said Rawlings.
Rawlings admitted domestic violence has affected both his family and his co-workers.
“I’m no different than any of the other families in Dallas. We all have this, but the problem is we keep it secret don’t we? We all say we shouldn’t be talking about this. The truth of the matter is, we should be,” he said.