I saw this while visiting Reina's spot, and had to repost it. The numbers are scary, and are a compelling argument to do your part. I've begun by reposting this. What will you do?
(There are 543 names listed of women & children who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Why aren’t you as pissed as me?)
It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Obama declared it.) I also know it’s Breast Cancer month, but everyone seems to be acknowledging that. I’d rather discuss the one that’s closer to my heart.
As I stated before, the fight against Domestic Violence is my passion. Outside of my family, friends, & him, nothing is more important. Unfortunately, my bill collectors seem to be passionate about monies owed; therefore, I have to go do some work (this is why I’ve been AWOL for the past 2 weeks), but I did want to stop by and share the following with you.
◦Nearly one in every four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood.
◦1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
◦Three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in America, on average.
◦Over 22 percent of women and 7.4 percent of men surveyed, reported being physically assaulted by a current or former partner in their lifetime.
◦Approximately 2.3 million people each year in the United States are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. Women who were physically assaulted by an intimate partner averaged 6.9 physical assaults per year by the same partner.
◦Approximately 37% of women seeking injury-related treatment in hospital emergency rooms were there because of injuries inflicted by a current or former spouse/partner.
◦Women are at an increased risk of harm shortly after separation from an abusive partner.
◦Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.
◦Men exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and adult domestic violence as children were almost 4 times more likely than other men to have perpetrated domestic violence as adults, according to a large study.
◦Incest accounts for half of all sexual abuse cases.
◦Children that are exposed to violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.
◦Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.
*Statistics taken from National Network to End Domestic Violence*
I will write another post on this soon, but I didn’t want another day to pass without acknowledging this month and my begging you & you to DO SOMETHING!
DO volunteer at a shelter this month. DO donate. DO serve. DO keep your hands to yourself. DO dial 911. STOP putting it out of your month as if it could never happen to you. You’ll want someone to help you. Just. DO SOMETHING!
Please visit The Domestic Violence Awareness Project for more information. And for men looking to aid, please visit A Call To Men.