Violence Against Me!

Posted May 8, 2015 from Iran

I, too, experienced violence… violence against me… violence against a woman… in the US…

Violence isn’t always about being physically or mentally abused by someone close to you. Violence is not always directed toward you from someone who knows you. I experienced it from ordinary people on the streets, at restaurants, on the university campus, and at job interviews… I sense it through their body language: by the looks directed to me from the corner of their eyes… I sense it through their interaction with me: by refusing to help, by not answering me in a proper way. I have to live knowing that I am viewed as inferior, as oppressed, as incapable… because this is how the media has portrayed me to the society.

This is my everyday challenge: it disappoints me in many different ways and lowers myself-esteem.

Yes. I do experience violence as a Muslim veiled woman living in the US society.

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Alyssa Rust
May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015

Dear Saharam,

Thank you so much for sharing your personal story and interactions. It is so sad to see how so many people are not treated fairly and equally based upon what people may see on tv, in the newspaper and online. Everyone deserves to be respected. Thanks again for sharing this with the World Pulse community, as it is important to know that violence and discrimination happens in every country.

Sincerely, Alyssa Rust 

Kristina M
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Hello Saharam,

I am sorry to hear how people's fear of the unfamiliar has caused them to treat you poorly.  I agree that the media plays a far too big of a role on how we should or should not look and act.  I wish people could be less judgemental and overcome their fears about other's differences, be more tolerant and maybe be more open to learning about different cultures that are a part of this country.

May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015

Dear Saharam,

Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry for what happened / happens to you. It shows that the problem exists in any place in the world and we should keep our eyes opened to what we see, wherever we are.

I can truly understand your decreasing self-esteem in moments like you described. I also faced different treatment, when some people realized that I was born in Eastern Europe. I had the impression that when they discovered it, something changed immediately. And I do not wish this feeling to anyone.

I support you and I wish you all the best,


muhorakeye esperance
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 11, 2015

merci de partager votre prorpre histoire je vous dit par tous les violence existe  il fout les femme comme vous pour lutte contre les violence sur tous base sur legenre

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