True or False?
- Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
- Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
- Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
- Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
- The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
- Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
Which ones are true and which ones are false? Hard to know right? Well, sadly, these are ALL true.
Domestic violence continues to be a problem of epidemic proportions. It is the leading cause of injury to women. Leading cause. That’s huge people. Huge.
I want you to stop for a minute and count to 20. Go.
In the time that it took you to count to 20, two women were victimized. One is or possibly will die from her injuries.
Sobering statistics right?
Now before you go on about your daily lives, I want you to stop for a minute and think about this. In your mind, create a list of your closest friends. Chances are, one of them has been a victim of domestic violence at some point in her life. You may or may not know about it. Most women keep it a secret as there is still this negative stigma attached to it…as if it is the woman’s fault.
I am very passionate about women’s issues in general but the one thing that really stirs me up and gets me out there doing something to help is domestic violence. NO WOMAN should ever feel the pain of her partner’s fist landing across her cheek. NO WOMAN should be scared to close her eyes, wondering when he will come to bed, angry and ready to make her his punching bag. NO WOMAN should have to die at the hands of her partner, the person she should be able to trust with her life more than anyone.
Women who escape violent environments, especially women with children, are my heroes. I cannot even for a minute fathom the courage it must take to leave. I cannot fathom what it feels like to look over your shoulder, constantly worrying that he might find you.
Supporting these women especially when they are living in safe houses and women’s shelters is something that I feel called to do. Every little ounce of love and light that I can bring has the potential to make a small difference in the outlook and emotional wellbeing of that one woman. This is why I will always give back either via my bar-for-bar program or through a direct monetary donation.
All women deserve a healthy, supportive partnership. And those who fall victim to the hands of society’s lowest scum…I can only hope that I, with your help via purchases, can bring a moment of peace.