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Following the example of University of Hawaiʻi Dean of Medicine Jerris Hedges, students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) were asked to tell their own stories involving family violence, if they were comfortable doing so.

One of the students in her first year studying medicine wanted to tell her story, a vivid account of one particular night in a violent household. But she also chose to remain anonymous.

She agreed to allow some of her first-year medical school classmates, men who are planning to attend the Men’s March Against Violence, to read her story aloud. The JABSOM community hopes this video will help communicate the importance of empathy, and urges support for the Men’s March in 2016, and every year.

Read more at the JABSOM website.

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  1. Thank you, this post really touched me. I am impressed with the candor and courage displayed (and poetry), it is time to talk openly to one’s doctor, family and friends about the horrors of everyday domestic violence, especially strangulation. I am a survivor of this kind of brutal attack that should of killed me,a broken hyoid bone.. and I want to work with others to help those of us that have been traumatized physically, as well as emotionally and mentally. You guys have no idea how many people over 16 years have told me they were hurt in this way too, but never told anyone. It is hidden by a secrecy of silence, much like rape was 20 years ago. The Family Justice Center has all the facts on strangulation, but there needs to be more data collected.Let me know if you need a participant on any studies! Aloha

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