Dear daddy: Protect me please

Firas Abboud
Dear daddy: Protect me please
An unborn girl has a message for her dad. Here’s what she had to say.

At one point in our lives, we have asked someone a favor. No matter how big or small it may be, we direct the favor to someone we trust.

Here’s a favor from a girl to her father and all would-be fathers in the world.

“I need to ask you a favor. Warning, it’s about boys.”

CARE Norway, the Norwegian branch of CARE International, an aid organization that fights for women’s rights, published a public service announcement (PSA) about the reality of rape and domestic violence on women.

Nearly hitting 7M views when this was written, the PSA talks about how the idea of rape and domestic violence stem from childhood.

Watch the PSA here:

Teenage nightmare

Early teenage years are times when girls and boys explore and start being curious about the opposite sex.

“I will be born a girl, which means that by the time I’m 14, the boys in my class will have called me a whore, a bitch, a cunt, and many other things.”

People say a lot of things they don’t mean, especially in their younger years. When they say something insulting, it is best to ignore them. However, is it really the best thing to do?

“By the time I turn 16, a couple of the boys will have snuck their hands down my pants while I’m so drunk I can’t even stand straight, and although I say no, they just laugh.”

Oh, it’s just puberty, they say. Sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are highly active during teenage years. Thus, it is normal when teenagers become physical with each other. It is part of growing up. Is it really the case?

Laughter is not always the best medicine

“No wonder I’m raped when I’m 21. The guy (rapist) who always told insulting jokes…How could you know? He was just a boy telling weird jokes.”

When kids do or say something foolish or bad, they should never be laughed at. Why? They would not realize the gravity of what they did.

Missing the opportunity to correct a mistake today could lead to a bigger mistake tomorrow.

Rape and domestic violence should never be the topic of jokes or laughing matter. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 out of 3 women in the world will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The worst part is that it would usually be from their male partner. (WATCH: #TimeToAct Hangout: Ending sexual violence in conflict)

Favorable favor

The PSA ends with the unborn girl’s favor to her daddy. “Dear Daddy, I will be born a girl. Please do everything you can so that, that won’t stay the greatest danger of all.”

People all over the world  shared mixed reactions in the PSA’s comment section. While others sympathized with the unborn girl’s plea, some viewed the PSA as an act of sexism.

What do you think? –

Firas Abboud is a Rappler intern from the Mapua Institute of Technology.

Photos screengrabbed from CARE Norway video.

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