Violence Against Women –> Men?

Dear Friends for Life: Violence against women is a violation of human dignity and, in its worst form, it violates the right to life. It is also an extreme expression of inequality on the ground of sex.

can-stock-photo_csp2001335(2)To raise awareness of this problem, the UN sets aside 16 days each year to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Statistics show that violence against women has become a global pandemic and is mainly three-fold: physical, sexual and psychological.

can-stock-photo_csp4435427(1)Leslie Morgan Steiner, a Harvard-educated businesswoman who was in an abusive relationship, states that “domestic violence can happen to anyone. All races, all religions, all income and education levels.” Over the past two years, UN found 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence – 30% by an intimate partner.

Sexual violence can take place in various ways: (1) Rape (within marriage and relationships, by strangers, and during armed conflict. (2) Unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment, can-stock-photo_csp13107142including demanding sex in return for favors. (3) Sexual abuse of children. (4) Forced marriage or cohabitation, including child marriage.

Human trafficking, a modern-day slavery, is acquiring and exploiting women and girls through such means as force, fraud or deception. A rough estimate claims 4.5 million people as victims of forced sexual exploitation of which 98% are women and girls.

Violence against women is a serious crime against humanity, a human rights violation which has reached epidemic proportions and continues to grow. In many countries the violence against females starts young. A WHO report notes 42% are between the age of 13 to 23. In Japan, a number of incidents against elderly family members is increasing. The battered wife notion has expanded to include the battered grandparent.

Many women suffer domestic violence because of social stigma, fear of retaliation and isolation. Mixed into this is a feeling that it must be endured for the sake of their children.

The moment has arrived. It’s time to recognize a global pandemic around us. Eliminating tolerance for domestic violence can provide hope for victims of violence to live lives free of fear, danger and suffering.

How to eliminate tolerance for “Violence against women”? Check out the following video for some bold and blunt talk: Violence against women – it’s a men’s issue.

God Bless
Jerry Novotny, OMI



(The Difference is LIFE):   “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, buy where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


Websites by Fr. Jerry

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