The #MeToo movement may finally be gaining traction in Russia, although historically, those who come forward are punished. In January of 2017, Vladimir Putin signed a law decriminalizing domestic violence that does not cause serious injury. Broken bones, a concussion, or other serious injuries requiring hospitalization are required for a criminal offense. A huge setback for women in Russia putting victim’s lives at yet greater risk. Worse, the bill was proposed by a woman senator who stated publicly that women “don’t take offense when they see a man beat his wife” and that “a man beating his wife is less offensive than when a woman humiliates a man.”
Our hearts and fierce support go out to the women of Russia who are taking on the government and joining #MeToo. #TimesUP on tolerating any abuse against women!