Stand-up Comic Takes A Stand On Violence Against Women

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune.

Pete Dominick is a stand-up comedian who’s not laughing.

He’s got two daughters, a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, and he’s had enough. Enough of the misogyny and the rape statistics and the men who are living in denial about the kind of world his girls are inheriting.

“I want men to know how often women are being assaulted, how often women are being raped,” Dominick told me. “I want them to know how common it is and how underreported it is and how small the consequences are.”

Dominick, host of “Stand Up With Pete Dominick” on Sirius XM, has teamed up with Women Thrive Worldwide, a nonprofit that advocates for men and women to work together for increased economic prosperity and decreased fear and violence around the globe.

He’s the public face of the group’s #DadsForDaughters campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about violence against girls and women and asks fathers to sign the following pledge (which you can find at womenthrive.org/take-dadsfordaughters-pledge):

As a father, I will do whatever I can to realize a safer, more equal world for women and girls. I will …

1. Teach my children that violence against women and girls is wrong.

2. Recognize that this isn’t just about my children. Around the world millions of women and girls are threatened by physical or sexual violence.

3. Support legislation and policies that help stop violence against the world’s women and girls.

4. Encourage other fathers, and other men, to stand up and speak out to stop violence against women and girls.

The movement is gaining ground. Dominick’s pal Stephen Colbert urged his 6 million Twitter followers to take the pledge recently.

“There has to be a shift, and it’s my generation that has to make it,” Dominick, 38, said. “If you think your daughters are immune to sexual assault, you’re just wrong. It doesn’t matter your level of education or your income or your race. This is an everybody issue.”

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