2020.05.05 11:21 throughmethroughyou Hey guys, hope everyone's doing well... just wanted to add a few things in addition to the post that was made earlier.
Statistics show that every 60 seconds, 1.3 women (age 18 and over) in the U.S. are forcibly raped. That is 78 women raped each hour; 1871 each day, or 683,000 each year. Taking into consideration that more than half of all rape victims are under the age of 18, this statistic becomes even more devastating. The American Medical Association has called sexual assault the silent, violent epidemic.This is not counting the number of rapes that go unreported.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau of India, reported incidents of crime against women increased 6.4% during 2012, and a crime against a woman is committed every three minutes. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2011, there were greater than 228,650 reported incidents of crime against women, while in 2015, there were over 300,000 reported incidents, a 44% increase. Of the women living in India, 7.5% live in West Bengal where 12.7% of the total reported crime against women occurs. Andhra Pradesh is home to 7.3% of India's female population and accounts for 11.5% of the total reported crimes against women.Again, this DOES NOT include the number of Indian Women who can't/don't report.
To combat violence and other abuses against women, Telengana Police have established SHE Teams to focus on the safety of women.
65% of Indian men believe women should tolerate violence in order to keep the family together, and women sometimes deserve to be beaten. In January 2011, the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) Questionnaire reported that 24% of Indian men had committed sexual violence at some point during their lives. Exact statistics on the extent case occurrences are very difficult to obtain, as a large number of cases go unreported. This is due in large part to the threat of ridicule or shame on the part of the potential reporter, as well as an immense pressure not to damage the family's honor. For similar reasons, law enforcement officers are more motivated to accept offers of bribery from the family of the accused, or perhaps in fear of more grave consequences, such as Honor Killings.
There is a woeful dearth of safe platforms to talk about problems that give rise to violent behaviour, including those relating to issues of gender and sexuality. There is also an equal need for positive role models among men, who assert a gender-sensitive society and can engage more young men and boys in the discourse. Thus, to address the root cause of the problem, focused efforts promoting men’s involvement (simultaneously with women’s empowerment) are required at various levels. Men have to be involved not as supporters (or do-gooders) but as ‘partners’ and ‘stakeholders.’ And they would be seriously involved only if they are convinced that the problem affects them equally, that it is a problem of all the genders.http://www.mavaindia.org/
Violence is widespread. It contributes very highly to illness episodes and results in poor quality of life. Violence that women face is closely linked to their social status. It affects their health status as well.EDIT 2: thanks to u/Doc_Mcsweetie and u/Sar1017.
We see violence against women as only a law and order problem. However, recent attention has been to focus on its implications on health. The morbidity and mortality resulting out of violence on women forms a large burden on the public health services as well. There is a need for health professional to develop an integrated approach to deal with cases of violence. Women who are victims of violence do not easily come forward and speak out, nor do they seek help. However, they almost always visit a health facility to seek relief for their pain.
By bringing to the fore the inter-linkages between violence as a health problem, a social problem and a law and order problem an integrated approach to tackle violence could be designed to ensure that the individual woman receives justice, as well as to prevent the epidemic proportions of violence in our society.
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