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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Patriarchy: The Real Natural Disaster?

It is impossible not to be aware of and empathize with the earthquake disaster in Haiti. There is round the clock news on every street corner, news station, news paper, internet news site. Many local stores have it so you can donate your remaining money after purchases to a fund for Haiti. Local news stations are regularly giving info on where monies can be donated at, both on their websites and while the news runs. This is nothing new in America, a disaster occurs here, there or anywhere and Americans pull together and do our part. Its a good thing. Its the right thing to do. They're estimating when all is said and done the death toll alone in Haiti will be somewhere between 50,000-100,000 people, clearly a natural disaster.

What I sit here wondering though is in the US alone with stats like this:

  • Women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.
  • Intimate partner's kill approximately 33% of female murder victim
  • 84% of spouse abuse victims are females, and 86% of victims of dating partner abused are female
  • In the United States, 1.3 women are raped every minute. That results in 78 rapes each hour, 1872 rapes each day, 56160 rapes each month and 683,280 rapes each year.
  • 1 out of every 3 American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
  • The United States has the world's highest rape rate of the countries that publish such statistics. It's 4 times higher than Germany, 13 times higher than England, and 20 times higher than Japan.
  •  83% of rape cases are ages 24 or under.
  • 1 in 4 college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape.
  • Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to the police.
  • More than 75% of teenage prostitutes have been sexually abused.
  • Nearly 50% of women in prison state that they were abused as children
  •  Not to mention the untold emotional abuses suffered by women and children daily that is immeasurable.
 So with stats like this, what I'm wondering exactly is at least in the US, how many millions of women, children and babies need to be beaten, raped, sexually abused, emotionally abused, burned, tortured and shamed every day before their plight is considered a fucking disaster worthy of our attention?

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