Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Los Angeles Chapter — CAMFT
In March, we paid homage to Women’s History Month and the strong women of this country who have paved the way to a brighter future. From past leaders like Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Frances Perkins, Sally Ride, and Madeline Albright to current role models such as Nancy Pelosi, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Girls growing up today can see female leaders in the world of politics, sports, business, science, and math, which may inspire them to pursue their dreams.
While a month dedicated to women’s history is notable, there are many rights for women that call for continued action and advocacy throughout the entire year. For example, equal pay for women should be at the forefront of social issues. As said by Michelle Obama, “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” I truly believe as a white male I have a duty to model respectful behavior towards women and advocate for equality among all genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
With April being a month-long observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I want to draw attention to the Me Too Movement, which has inspired so many women to take a stand against sexual harassment and abuse and to say as one voice that this kind of behavior will no longer be tolerated and be without consequences to the perpetrator. If someone you know has experienced sexual assault (ie. Friends, family, co-workers, or clients), resources and reporting information is available by reading the Sexual Assault Pamphlet on the LA County District Attorney’s website.
Together as a community we must stand for equality, justice, and respect for all.
Matthew Evans, LMFT
Matthew Evans, LMFT, utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in his work as a Primary Therapist in Resilience Treatment Center’s residential program for adults.
Matthew may be contacted at email@example.com.
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