Camilla praised for ‘going where female celebs fear to tread’ with ‘powerful’ speech

Camilla makes speech about sexual violence against women

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Camilla is steaming ahead with her commitment to stand by victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and male violence. On Wednesday, she delivered a keynote speech at the Shame!Festival, also attended by the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson.

In her speech, she asked the audience to join her in paying tribute to the many “precious lives” of women that have been “brutally ended” by violent men.

She also spoke about breaking the “stigma” victims of sexual violence often feel and the importance of educating others on the issue.

Her important speech was widely praised by royal watchers, with biographer Angela Levin writing on Twitter: “What a powerful speech the Duchess gave.

“It was an honour for me to be there.”

Many fans of the Duchess and Twitter users alike also joined in the celebrations of her speech and commitment to end violence against women and girls.

One Twitter user named Chris wrote: “I hugely admire and appreciate the work that the Duchess is doing in this sector – it’s so important.”

Another, Joanne Kalos, said: “Let’s hope and pray that Camilla’s words don’t fall on deaf ears!”

A third, Elise Faye, pointed out how direct and raw the Duchess’ speech was.

They said: “Powerful indeed! Thanks for sharing this. Camilla did not mince words”.

Another social media user named Jenny Freeme wrote: “She is a good speaker and comes across with a sense of compassion and integrity about what she’s saying.”

Finally, one user named Auntie praised Camilla for cutting through a territory many celebrities are afraid to tread.

They wrote: “Very powerful message, going where female celebs fear to tread.”

Mentioning just some of the recent victims, Camilla said: “Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Wenjing Lin, Geetika Goyal and Bennylyn Burke are names which, with all the others, must never be forgotten.

“This country has been appalled and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year.

“On average, one women is killed by a man every three days.”

The Duchess also mentioned a crime survey for England and Wales showing 144,000 women were victims of rape or attempted rape in the last year, which equates to roughly 16 every hour.

Speaking about the need to “break the stigma” and the importance of speaking out about sexual harassment, Camilla also said: “Together, today, let us resolve to support survivors to be ‘shameless’ and not to take on misplaced feelings of stigma.

“Through speaking up about our experiences, we break the wall of silence that allows perpetrators to go unpunished and increases the feeling of isolation that so many survivors describe.”

Camilla, who attended the festival because it was organised, among others, by the Women of the World Foundation of which she is president, went on urging men to support women in their fight against violence. 

She said: “We do not, in any way, hold all men responsible for sexual violence. But we do need them all on board to tackle it. After all, rapists are not born, they are constructed. 

“And it takes an entire community – male and female – to dismantle the lies, words and actions that foster a culture in which sexual assault is seen as normal, and in which it shames the victim.

“So let us all leave here today and try and get the men in our lives to participate in building a shameless society.”

Camilla ended her powerful remarks by saying: “How many more women must be harassed, raped or murdered before we truly unite to forge a violence-free world?”

The Duchess is involved in several organisations and initiatives supporting women.

Just last month, she became patron of the Mirabel Centre – Nigeria’s first sexual assault referral centre.

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