Saturday, February 14, 2009

Until the Violence Stops

I'm really sick and I need to go to bed, but this is something that needs to be said first. Today, February 14, is V-Day. Valentine's Day, yes, but also, a worldwide day dedicated to the movement to end violence against girls and women. The statistics are staggering and sickening.

  • Every 2 minutes, here in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted.
  • One out of every six women in America has been the victim of a rape or attempted rape.
  • Boys who witness their father's committing spousal abuse are ten times more likely to engage in it themselves than boys from non-abusive households.
  • Every 15 seconds, a woman in America is battered, usually by her partner.
  • The WHO estimates that between 100 and 140 million women globally have been the victims of female genital mutilation.
  • And then we come to the Democratic Republic of Congo where tens of thousands of women are systematically and repeatedly raped EACH YEAR.

The list goes on and on. Read about it, think about it, and do something about it. Until the violence stops.

1 comment:

Sarah C said...

I think it is really great that you are taking the time to spread the word about violence against women and girls.

I actually came to your site for a completely different reason, but have really enjoyed looking around.

I couldn't find an email address for you, otherwise I would have sent this via email. John from Quilt Dad gave me your name as someone who was interested in joining a quilting bee. Shoot me an email at sarah at sarahscorner dot com for more info if you are still interested.