It wasn’t for me. No, this bike was for a girl I’ll never know.
Women and girls are the targets of sexual violence throughout the world. April is Sexual Assualt Awareness Month. (I know, there is an awareness month for everything, so each month has several titles.)
As I shared a couple weeks ago, I believe that ugly acts deserve ugly words. We need to stop using euphemisms to hide the truth of that ugliness. Rape is a violent crime, horrible and ugly, and unpleasant to mention, but speak up we should.
We should also take action, in whatever way we are able, to prevent sexual assaults from occurring.
So I bought a bike through World Vision yesterday, so somewhere in India or Cambodia, a little girl can ride her bike to school, making her less vulnerable to assault or abduction.
I’ll think of her every time I ride my own bicycle to the library. I’ll pray for her safety and her education. I’ll pray for the boys in her class, too, that they will be taught to respect and value women and girls. Maybe with education their daughters won’t need to out-ride their attackers.