‘Raise your hands if you, or someone close to you, has been assaulted.’
Every one of the 200+ women around me raised their hands.
I wasn’t surprised.
Violence is a part of mine and so many of my friends’ stories.
For a lot of us, they’re not experiences we’ll ever feel comfortable sharing publicly. But we all want to do something, anything, to stop such unspeakable acts going unnoticed, unquestioned… and becoming an expected consequence of womanhood.
That was why I wanted to dance on Byron Bay’s Main Beach on February 14.
We were asked to wear red and meet on the sand at 7am.
I took the kids – Jonah (one) and Libby (three).
Someone asked me how I explained the cause to Lib.
I simply told her it was a dance party to celebrate how strong and powerful girls are.
She loved it.
And that was enough.
* Thanks to ABC North Coast reporter Margie Burin for capturing the above photo of Libby dancing
* For more beautiful pics from the day, visit photographer Natalie Grono’s blog here.