Ashleigh CardHE-210-OLChapter 8VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Statistics One in every four women in the United States has been raped or physically assaulted Attacks come from a former spouse, a live-in partner, boyfriend, or date On average more then three women are murdered by husbands or boyfriends everyday in the United States
Why does this happen? “Violence against women is so woven into the fabric of acceptable behavior that many of us feel that we are at fault or have no right to complain about violent treatment…” (pg. 692) The media exposure, news, and advertisement, can become misleading..This treatment should not be just an “accepted fact of life”
Types of voilence “Is any assault on a woman’s body, physical integrity, or freedom of movement inflicted by an individual or through societal oppression (692.) ” Physical Verbal Emotional
Broken Down Further Abuse Rape Sexual assault Murder Forced sterilization Female genital cutting Stalking Sexual coercion in the workplace Prostitution through rape and manipulation Trafficking of young girls
Rape One of the most common forms of assault especially on college campuses today 35 rapes per 1,000 female college students per year Depending on what state your in, rape can be defined a little differently Almost 18% of women said they had been attacked Girls and young women are at a higher risk Choosing not to fight back is a survival strategy…it does not make you weak
Medical Considerations First instinct is to shower, but it washes evidence away so go straight to a medical examiner at a hospital. Give a verbal history of the assault Latest medical concerns Pelvic or rectal exam Look for external injuries STI and STD protection Pregnancy prevention Follow-up exam
DomesticViolence Intimate partner violence and battering is also very common and also one of the least reported It’s a pattern of behavior that causes fear and intimidation where only one person is in control Consists of physical and psychological abuse Threats, weapons, sexual assault, or actual harm to other loved ones
Domestic Violence Children, and pets may also be at risk so it is always smart to make a safety plan Stalking is a potential issue There are also legal considerations for intimate partner violence You can get an immediate protection order against the batterer.
Understanding the Violence Why act out? Psychological problems Sexual frustration Childhood abuse Life pressure Drug & alcohol abuse More than one can contribute to the “dynamic of violence” It is about the power struggle over another individual.
Where do These AttacksHappen? Relationships Social and institutional places Etc.. For example Intimate partner violence Parent vs. child Employer vs. employee Teacher vs. student
Marginalized Identity andViolence Against Women Some factors put specific women at risk (race, nationality, religion) Women of color Older women Young women Women without legal immigration ststaus Refugees Lesbians Lower income women Transsexuals or transgendered women Disabled women
Reactions to Violence Isolation Very common with child abusers and abusive intimate partners Shame PTSD Self blame Fear, terror, feeling unsafe Anger and rage Depression Suicidal feelings Substance abuse Eating disorders Physical symptoms Self-harm Changes in sexuality and intimacy
Regaining our lives Know it was NOT your fault You did not ask to be hurt and violated, it was not deserved. You made the best choices you could You deserve support! There is no RIGHT WAY to feel or heal It takes time and there can be setbacks
Food for Thought… There are too many women that silently suffer without receiving the help or support they need… What do you think is the best way to reach out to someone you know who needs the help?