I have witnessed violence against women from many walks of life from many sources. Ten years in the military showed me the worse side of those who claimed to be” men of honor.” Travel to multiple foreign countries showed me that all women of the world are vulnerable to patriarchal control. Sadly, it does not always begin or end with males. I have also experienced violence against women from other women. I have survived incest and I have survived cruelty from my own lover. As a survivor, a lesbian, and a women I am committed to empowering, enlightening, and freeing all women from the violence that permeates all societies. My part is not big, but with the strength of “One Billion Rising” it is significant. Together we weave a new world where women are as powerful, as important, and as honored as those who would oppress us.