CLOUD WOMAN BLOG
How about saying enough?
Posted Saturday, February 21, 2009, 09:23 AM
For the past decade I have working Africa, Bosnia, India and Sri Lanka with women on issues of violence, poverty and female human rights. When in the states the Crisis Prevention and Intervention I do for corporations and industry show how the workplace is increasingly invited into the violence against women catastrophic statistics.
Could we learn from the international statistics where women globally are more than likely to die an unnatural death at the very hands of men? Can we awake from the slumber of pretending it happens over there not here?
Economic distress is now felt globally but isn't it something that women have endured-utter poverty for generations? Isn’t it the similar fashion for US women who still do not have salary equity? It is now, even more dismissal, with the Ledbetter’s case judged by the all but one female in the Supreme Court? At the very least, it does lead to the same demise.
I know through shared global grief women can constructively act upon their justified rage and not act out the murderous impulses that males so easily indulge. The statistics of violence accurately show evidence of males’ murderous assault even though it is not very political correct thing to say out loud in public.
Often the women saying such a true statement is assumed as male hating. But isn’t it the opposite? Great love of oneself and others regardless of gender or race can in the early stages of violence say “enough.”
When we say “never again” the same appeal from the WWII Holocaust, it is only done when we awaken from slumber to realize millions are executed without any respect of life.
What I intend to get across is the life and death need to say “enough” as opposed to “never again.” “Never Again” becomes another shame inducing non-profit getting donations for the poor victims.
If we observed anything from the former Yugoslavs with three wars in 100 years with ethnic slaughter based on religious differences or the Sri Lankan over a quarter of century of blood brutal war, the Holocaust WWII and across the globe, the very words of “never again,” are for whom the bells toll.
When we say “enough” we respond, we act immediately without lagging. Lagging is notably used in our legal and governmental entities across the globe. The lag time has killed billions in just the past century.
• Who knows what the statistics are since 2005, which had 1,181 women murdered by an intimate partner.1 In 2005, three women every day were murdered and they were killed by an intimate partner. 2
• SEXUAL VIOLENCE Not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006-over 600 women every day. 6 A significant number of crimes are never even reported for reasons that include the victim's feeling that nothing can/will be done and the personal nature of the incident.7
• DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Intimate Partner Violence or Battering) Females incurred 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year, 4 and only less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment. 5
Perpetuating the violence and indoctrination to not hate men but to hating women statistic shows:
• Females ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence 8, and women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape. 9
• One in five college women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported. 10
Poverty and low income has women regardless of race or country of residence experiences gynocidal measures that will consistently kill her either in slow increments or quickly via domestic violence:
• Women in the lowest income have six times the rate of nonfatal intimate partner violence as compared to women in the highest income category. 11
• American-Indian women incur double the rate of domestic violence over any other races to include African-American women. 12
Note both American Indian women and African women have gynocide and genocides in their near and far past. Eradication methods to wipe out so-called offending races, minorities are especially driven through gender: females.
When women across the globe say "enough" the female solidarity will heal the violence and bring peace for the genders and all issues. When women say "never again" the suicidal self-destructive aspect of the victim is ripe for another wave of brutal violence-just as history demonstrates.
When we say "enough" it is profound love, staunch boundaries and instead of being revolutionary, it is the essence of evoluntionary life-regenerating capacities.
A simple statement to governing representatives, schools, and even those who live on your block-- the word "enough" is enough. A viral email to all those in power and misusing funds and position, would certainly be listened to.
Your Reading List-if you dare:
1Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Homicide Victims by Gender
2Bureau of Justice Statistics, There has been a decline in homicide of intimates, especially male victims
3Deptartment of Justice, About Domestic Violence
4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (PDF)
5National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic Violence Facts (PDF)
6Bureau of Justice Statistics (table 2, page 15), Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006 Statistical Tables
7US Census Bureau (page 12), National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF)
8Bureau of Justice Statistics, Victim Characteristics: Age
9Bureau of Justice Statistics (table 4, page 17) Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2006 Statistical Tables (PDF)
10National Institute of Justice (pages 6-7), Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities Are Doing About It (PDF)
11Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.: Victims
12Bureau of Justice Statistics, Victim Characteristics: Race
13Family Violence Prevention Fund, The Facts on Children and Domestic Violence
14CDC, Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (PDF)
15NOW, The Violence Against Women Act: Celebrating 10 Years of Prevention
16University of North Carolina, Analyses of Violence Against Women Act suggest legislation saved U.S. $14.8 billion
17NCADV, Comparison of VAWA 1994, VAWA 2000 and VAWA 2005 Reauthorization Bill (PDF)
18National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Domestic Violence In the United States in 2007 (PDF)
19NCAVP, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Domestic Violence In the United States in 2007 (PDF)