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January 26, 2017
Women in India are taking up boxing to defend themselves against sexual assault. Official figures suggest a rape takes place in the country every 20 minutes. But in many places, the idea of women boxing remains a taboo.
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From: Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Harriet mohr <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 10:31 am
Subject: Trump is cutting WHAT?!
Whoa. The Trump administration just announced plans to gut the Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women programs.1
As soon as he’s sworn in today, President Trump wants to begin cutting funding for hundreds of local rape crisis centers,2 the National Domestic Violence Hotline–which has served almost 4 million people3–and sexual assault response training for hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officials.4 Since the programs were created, intimate partner violence has decreased 67%, and more people are reporting sexual violence and getting the support they need.5 Gutting these programs will literally cost women their lives.
Luckily, Trump can’t do this alone. Congress needs to approve these cuts–if they hear from enough of their constituents, they won’t want to be on record supporting Trump’s dangerous plans, just like we saw during the election. Will you add your name right now?
|Tell Congress: “Protect Women. Do not approve any budget that guts the Office on Violence Against Women, Legal Services, or the Civil Rights Division.”|
Even under a supportive administration, we struggled to curb the epidemic of rape and domestic violence in the United States–1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted,6 and 1 in 4 have experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner7–meaning we need more support, not less.
The Office on Violence Against Women has increased rates of prosecution of sexual violence by funding dedicated law enforcement units and training officers, prosecutors, and judges around the country.8 These programs also set up national counseling hotlines, which for millions are often used as the first call for help, and provide legal services for those who can’t afford them.9
Trump also wants to gut the Civil Rights Division, which among many important issues enforces Title IX to ensure every person has equal access to pursue an education free from sexual violence.10 This law is instrumental in tackling campus sexual assault.
We should be strengthening Violence Against Women programs, not gutting them. Will you let your member of congress know you need them to support women and block any budget that includes these cuts?
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team
Our Make Equality Reality gala this past Monday in Beverly Hills was a stunning success! We surpassed our fundraising goals, which will go a long way to helping us to continue our work to create a just world for women and girls. Thank you for your support. We are truly grateful for your partnership and friendship.
The evening was an inspiration. Jane Fonda, Jaha Dukureh, and Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes showed why they are powerhouses for change, captivating the audience with their humor and passion for the cause. And, we were honored to have Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem and Debbie Allen on hand to introduce them.
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We know there’s a problem but we don’t know how big it is. That’s what governments, scholars, and others argue when trying to figure out how to allot funds toward this problem of sexualized violence in conflict. If we don’t know the numbers, they ask, how can we help properly? How can we mount prosecutions? Offer reparations? Put in place proper advocacy? So the thinking goes.
In years of documenting sexualized violence in the Syria conflict, I’ve long maintained that we can’t know in a hot war exactly how many women and men are being violated—but we know it is happening. There have been too many reports, many credible and confirmed, to say it is not. Which means that every dollar not spent to help these survivors, many of whom appear to have made it out of the war zone, is another survivor left suffering without psychological, medical, or other supportive care. (And there is next to no money being spent on these issues in the Syria context, according to my sources in the region who treat survivors of torture and rape. They say that women who are escaping abduction from ISIS are returning severely traumatized and sit languishing in temporary centers with zero psychological treatment.)
The problem is that it is nearly impossible to know exact—or often even ballpark—numbers of women raped in conflict. There’s too much in the way: the murder of victims after rape (aka the destruction of evidence), deep stigma that prevents reporting, fear of retribution by either the perpetrators or the survivor’s family. Women have no reason to come forward.
But over time, some have. Much of the work to count them has been done forensically, however, through costly research efforts. Here then are some of the numbers painstakingly gathered by researchers. Beneath the numbers, I’ve written just a few specific reasons why we shouldn’t trust them—why all numbers counting a problem based in trauma and fear are certainly higher than estimated.
Numbers are crucial to quantifying any problem. But numbers can also be a smokescreen preventing us from seeing the pain happening around us every day. Share them with a grain of salt. Let others know that behind each number is a human who has suffered deeply, and that she too deserves to be counted.
Full ranges of estimates in the chart above, with links to sources:
|Democratic Republic of Congo, 2006-07|
|Sierra Leone, 1991-2002||215,000-257,000|
“According to a 2013 global study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, only 7% of survivors of gender-based violence formally reported the violence to police, medical, or social services.” This study was carried out by Stony Brook University Professor Tia Palermo, Jennifer Bleck of the University of South Florida, and Amber Peterman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Recently, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman donated $25,000 to the Crowdpac campaign to Recall Judge Persky. Now, Stanford alum Joe McCarthy has joined the fight by donating $5,000 on behalf of his daughter, a sexual assault survivor, to call attention to the serious problem of sexual assault on Stanford’s campus and across the country. He states:
Michele Dauber is a Stanford law professor and a sociologist, Michele Landis Dauber has written highly original historical and sociological studies focusing on the history of social provision and the US welfare state. Her first book, The Sympathetic State (2013 University of Chicago Press) received numerous distinguished book awards and prizes including from the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the American Society for Legal History, and the Law and Society Association.
Slate August 15, 2016
By Kristin Hohenadel
The Give Registry is a brilliant new gift registry and ad campaign from Australian department store chain Myer and agency Clemenger BBDO Melbourne that uses the model of a wedding gift registry to provide linens, cookware, dishes, and other household basics to domestic violence survivors.
“When a woman leaves abuse, all she often leaves with is her life,” Clemenger BBDO Melbourne said in a project description. “The Give Registry is a collection of essential items women need most when they’re starting over. You can help by contributing an item on the registry at any Myer store. All items are donated directly to Salvation Army women’s refuges, to pass on to women in need.”
To publicize the campaign, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has made a series of simple, affecting videos of everyday objects in household settings, hauntingly narrated by women who have suffered domestic abuse. The spots reveal how seemingly banal household objects can become infused with sinister meaning when they are turned into weapons.
And they demonstrate the healing power of reappropriating objects that are so easily taken for granted to re-establish new rituals, the promise contained in a pristine pair of white sheets, or a shiny new tea kettle, or a stack of unbroken dinner plates.
The campaign began in early August and has already received 2,000 donations, including Myer customers who have abandoned their own wedding registries, asking friends and family to make donations to the Give Registry instead.
TO SEE VIDEOS IN ORIGINAL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.