Christians Fight Back against Gender-Based Violence

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Christians across the globe are fighting back against gender-based violence.

The World Council of Churches and the United Kingdom-based Tearfund are among the groups taking part in the United Nation's "Silent No More" campaign.

In the African nation of Malawi, the campaign is recruiting church leaders. Pastors not only speak out against injustice in their pulpits, they're also trained as counselors to help victims overcome an attack.

A resource kit includes Bible studies, videos, suggested prayers, and activities to facilitate healing.

Theresa Malila launched the "Silent No More" program in Malawi. She says many of the victims are between the ages of 2 and 13 years old.

"When I see the children that are being raped, the age groups, I can't live with that. I go to bed and I ask myself, "Does God see this? Does God see the suffering, does God see the pain of these children?'" Malila said.

"Because God is all seeing, He sees the perpetrators. And I have a battle within me," she continued. "And I know that God has raised us up, that God has raised me. I am going to speak out and I will not be silent and I am going to raise an army that will speak out and not be silent."

The campaign began Nov. 25 and goes for 16 days.

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