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My wife forwarded me this video of one of my favorite actors, Patrick Stewart (“Jean-Luc Picard”  of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s fame). Stewart, speaking at an event in Texas, was asked about violence against women. Speaking from his own experience of growing up in a home where a “shell-shocked” father abused his mother, Stewart said:

The people who could do most to improve the situation of so many women and children are, in fact, men. It’s in our hands to stop violence toward women.

Amen! My favorite part of the video is his genuine concern for the questioner, earnestly asking, “My dear, are you okay?” He clearly and passionately dispels the myth that women are somehow to blame for the violence they suffer. I applaud Stewart’s work on behalf of women and on behalf of veterans who have experienced the trauma of war.

I admired Stewart as one of my favorite Star Trek captains. Now I genuinely admire him more for serving this cause. Here’s the video:

Here is Stewart telling his own story at a 2009 Amnesty International meeting. It’s emotionally gripping and necessary watching for everyone who cares about women.

Let’s pray and work for an end to violence against women and children. It’s ours to end, brothers.

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5 thoughts on “Patrick Stewart Gets It When It Comes to Violence Against Women”

  1. Anne Vyn says:

    Thabiti, Thank you for the attention you have been giving to these issues as of late. I’m a new follower of your blog and haven’t had much time to see if there are other posts you may have contributed to this subject in previous months.
    Here’s my response to what you have posted:
    If I am mistaken and the Coalition has indeed made a very public voice on the underlying issues of domestic abuse, i would appreciate it you would bring those links to my attention.
    Thanks again!

  2. I particularly appreciated the part where he said that this was a men’s issue. The compassionate recognition of his father’s condition and the depths to which soldiers returning from war are often affected illustrates he has grasp on the heart of the issue. What else should we expect from the Captain of the Enterprise?

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    If more men have more passionate conviction like this…against violence against women, and the Gospel. We would have a different world

  4. Christina says:

    Hi Pastor Thabiti,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate the prophetic firmness with which you’ve been tackling the topic of violence against women on your blog lately. This video and the Jackson Katz one you posted previously are both excellent resources, and I was especially encouraged by your further thoughts in the comments to the Katz video. It’s a problem that is unfortunately endemic not only in our culture but in our churches, and we so need more pastors like you to take a firm stand.

    God bless,


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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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