Now is the moment for culture change.
Today—because fans and allies made it their business—the NFL (along with NASCAR and others) can no longer ignore the issue of domestic violence in its ranks. Today, more and more, people understand that accountability for domestic violence lies with the person who commits it. Today, while there’s still no shortage of violence against women in pop culture, it’d be hard to imagine something like the Honeymooners’ “Pow! Right in the kisser!’ ever again being played for laughs.
We’re on it.
Since 2009, Breakthrough’s Bell Bajao (Ring the Bell) campaign has inspired millions of men and women across India and around the world literally to “ring the bell” to interrupt domestic violence behind closed doors…or, figuratively, to take concrete action to say no more: not in my house, not on the street, not in my community, not in my country. These acts of compassion, courage, and accountability not only defuse violence in the moment but also drive needed change in the culture, making domestic violence unacceptable and safety and respect the order of the day. WATCH BELOW to see what happened when Karalyn rang the bell—and think about the change you could make when you do, too.