ON THE day proclaimed #1billionrising, the Twitter hashtag being used for standing up against violence against girls and women, this story is emblematic of what Joyce and so many other women and men, including Robert Redford, have been emphasizing. Oscar Pistorious now a symbol of something beyond what I wrote about him before.

From the New York Times:

Confirming the charges, police officials said they planned to oppose Mr. Pistorius’s expected application for bail at a court hearing scheduled for Friday. The police had initially said he would appear in court later on Thursday.

South African and other media quoted associates of the victim as identifying her as Reeva Steenkamp, a model whose Twitter page described her as a “cover girl” and a law school graduate. Ms. Steenkamp and Mr. Pistorius had frequently been seen together at society events and South African media identified her as his girlfriend, giving them the aura of a golden couple beloved by the society pages and photographers.

If you know of someone in an abusive relationship, today is a day to reach out.