By: Yesenia M. Malavé Vázquez
February 21, 2013
Target Audience: UPRM domestic Violence victims
Campus Life Office at University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) presented a monologue on Thursday, February 21, 2013, titled “Macho-menos” in honor to those women who suffer of domestic violence. During the activity they also offered emergency plans for all the victims of domestic violence inside the campus.
This was a monologue performed by a man acting three roles. The role of a mother, father and son. The mother’s role was of a desperate mother who was being abused by her husband, a male chauvinist. The role of the son named Agapito was that he was learning to be like his father and was expecting to have many women when he grow up to be a “macho” like his father. There was no time for changing clothes so the actor used aprons as a disguise for every character.
After the monologue, the actor sang a really great song written by him opposing to women abuse and then he talked to the audience. He said that if you were a victim of abuse, please tell to prevent a disgrace.
Ivelisse, a young woman that was in the drama, said that she felt pity for those who are being abuse by their couple. “It is mean to be a humble person and that your couple doesn’t even notice that”, she said.
According to the website domesticviolencestatistics.org, “around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family”. This situation is very sad because most of women don’t report this to the authorities maybe because they are afraid their couples assault them. Also they might be afraid of what people they say.
The domestic violence starts in the early years of teenagers. “Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup” (domesticviolencestatistics.org). Nowadays, in high school we see teenage couples having problems, becoming aggressive and turn the relationship into an abusive one. If the relationship continues as an abusive one, one of them might be end up hurt. Moreover, they would produce a cycle of violence in their family and that is what their children will learn.
If you are being abuse or know someone that is being abuse, please tell, you can save your life or someone’s life. In Puerto Rico they are many organizations against the violence, keep in touch with one of this organization and prevent a murder. LET’S STOP THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!