Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall Says Men & Women Need To 'Truly Unite To Forge A Violence-Free World' During WOW Foundation's Shameless! Festival

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Oct. 28 2021, Published 9:57 a.m. ET

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is making it clear that sexual violence against women needs to end now.

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"We need to get the men in our lives involved in this movement. We do not, in any way, hold all men responsible for sexual violence. But we do need them all on board to tackle it," she said in her speech, in which she referred to the recent murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.

The royal added that men and women need to "truly unite to forge a violence-free world."

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"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, who spoke at the WOW Foundation's Shameless! Festival in London on Wednesday, October 27, continued.

The blonde beauty also wants to know that victims should not beat themselves up for the incident that occurred. "The victim feels invaded and dirty; weakened by having been put in a position of helplessness by someone stronger – possibly by someone whom she previously trusted. Often, this sense of shame causes the victim to blame herself, mistakenly take responsibility for the crime, and want to hide away from others. And yet she has done nothing wrong," she said.

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"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," she concluded.

Clarence House also posted some photos from the night, writing, "Tonight The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception ahead of ‘Shameless! Festival’ next month.The festival is a collaboration between @wowglobal and @birkbeckuol’s SHaME project and aims to bring together activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence."

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