Monday, October 7, 2013

Violence Against Women

The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women as “…any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

Violence against women can include, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence, family violence, sexual assault, rape, stalking, sexual harassment, trafficking and slavery.  All of these assaults can be perpetrated by people of any gender, and can be committed against people of any gender.

Here are some shocking facts that you may not realize:
  • Around the world, at least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, forced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
  •  According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (2000):
    • Approximately 1.5 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year.
    • Nearly 25% of women have been raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
    • One of six U.S. women and 1 of 33 U.S. men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
These numbers are terrifying. 

Join Oakland/Macomb County NOW, Turning Point and HAVEN on a discussion of violence against women and what you can do regarding.  Information on the event can be found here.  Bring a friend.  Bring all your friends, of all genders.  

This is important.  

Christina Soliz
Oakland/Macomb County NOW Intern

Facts found in the lecture "Violence Against Women and Its Effects on Women's Health" by Dr. Lisa Martin, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

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