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You Can Fight for the International Violence Against Women Act!

At least one out of every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to estimates from the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month, and we are proud to be partnering with the Family Violence Prevention Fund to raise awareness about sexual assault and take a stand against child abuse.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund helped create a campaign for the International Violence Against Women Act, which would authorize $200 million annually in foreign assistance for international programs that prevent violence, support health programs and survivor services. The act encourages legal accountability, a change in public attitudes, the promotion of access to economic opportunity projects and education, and addresses violence against women in humanitarian situations.

You can get involved by researching the effort and, assuming you agree with it, urging your member of Congress to co-sponsor it.

You can also take the part in the RESPECT! campaign by sending your respect in a text or support the cause by buying the RESPECT! bracelet.


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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I know I'm late to this post, but a little doesn't have to be physical to be abuse. Verbal and emotional abuse is a pretty tough thing. So even if you're partner is not physically hurting you (hitting etc) don't be afraid to get help either. It can be just as scary.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Thanks for the info GS :hug:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
The Human Factor -85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female. -Over 500,00 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year. -5.3 million women are abused each year. -1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner. -Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women. -Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
National Cost of Domestic Violence -The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year. -Of this total, nearly $4.1 billion is for victims requiring direct medical and mental health care services. -Lost productivity and earnings due to intimate partner violence accounts for almost $1.8 billion each year. -Intimate partner violence victims lose nearly 8.0 million days of paid work each year - the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
People need to educate themselves on rape statistics. It doesn't just happen to women walking on a dark street. This is a REAL threat to every man, woman and child.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape. 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003. While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked. Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race: All women: 17.6% White women: 17.7% Black women: 18.8% Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8% American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1% Mixed race women: 24.4% Men About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. In 2003, 1 in every ten rape victims were male. 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape. Children 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12. 29% are age 12-17. 44% are under age 18. 80% are under age 30. 12-34 are the highest risk years. Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse. Of these, 75% were girls. Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7. 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker. 34.2% of attackers were family members. 58.7% were acquaintances. Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
That is the most random picture. Is that what pops up in Getty Images when you search for violence and women?
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