Today activists all around the world are leading events for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE. The One Billion Rising campaign aims to bring to light the unacceptable and horrible UN statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this means that more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS will be victimized and traumatized in her lifetime!
Today, on a day when many of us are looking forward to love, affection and gifts from our sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, THOUSANDS of women will be beaten, raped or otherwise victimized. I don’t mean to be a ‘Debbie Downer’ as we celebrate love today. But please, please don’t forget that while you may be joyous and happy today other Sisters are struggling and fighting for their very lives.
Excerpt from, 50 Facts About Domestic Violence (click the link to read more facts).
1. Number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq: 6,614:
2. Number of women, in the same period, killed as the result of domestic violence in the US: 11,766
3. Number of women in the U.S. who report intimate partner violence: 1 in 4
4. Number of women who will experience partner violence worldwide: 1 in 3
5. Increase in likelihood that a woman will die a violent death if a gun in present in the home: 270 percent
6. Country in which 943 women were killed in honor killings in 2011: Pakistan
7. City in which man “butchered” his wife in front of their six children in 2012: Berlin
8. States in which man decapitated his wife with a chainsaw in 2010 and another man did the same, respectively: Texas and New York
9. Estimated number of children, worldwide, exposed to domestic violence everyday: 10,000,000
10. Chance that a girl of high school age in the U.S. experiences violence in a dating relationship: 1 in 3
11. Percentage of U.S. cities citing domestic abuse as the primary cause of homelessness: 50
12. Percentage of homeless women with children reporting domestic abuse: 92
13. Percentage of women with disabilities who report violence: 40
14. Annual cost of domestic violence in the U.S. related to health care: $5.8 billion
15. Annual cost of domestic violence in the U.S. related to emergency care plus legal costs, police work, lost productivity: 37 billion dollars
16. Annual number of jobs lost in the U.S. as a result of intimate partner violence: 32,000
17. Percentage of abused women in the U.S. who report being strangled by a spouse in the past year: 33 to 47.3 (this abuse often leaves no physical signs)
18. Average number of times an abuser hits his spouse before she makes a police report: 35
19. Number of women killed everyday in the U.S. by a spouse: 3+
20. Number of members of Congress who have gone through an educational training program on health, economics, violence, and gender norms: 0
This year’s ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather safely on Valentine’s Day–outside places where they are entitled to justice – court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.
Take a stand and say a prayer today for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE!
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