When writing the post DYING TO STAY ALIVE, I had serious reservations. The young woman’s battered face, the facts surrounding her abuse – all shocking. My heart goes out to her and her family.
Just as shocking is the amount of abuse occurring globally. So much so that President Obama in 2010 proclaimed October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Now every October, purple ribbons abound – “Raising Awareness about Domestic Violence.” Wait, isn’t purple the color symbol for cancer? Yes, and it’s the color for Domestic Violence, too.
Think about it, couldn’t domestic violence be viewed as a cancer? And like a cancer, if ignored, it will fester and grow and one day kills, unless it’s eradicated.
I wanted to bring more awareness to this senseless crime. Are you aware of these staggering facts?
According to the Genesis Women Shelter:
- 1 in 4 women will know domestic violence in her lifetime.
- 1 in 3 teenage girls will be physically assaulted by a boyfriend.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the U.S. That’s more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Boys who witness domestic violence in their homes are 1,500 times more likely to perpetrate abuse later in life.
- 50% of girls growing up in an abusive home will go on to be victims of abuse themselves.
Do you know the color purple also represents royalty? And women everywhere should be treated like queens, because that’s just what they are.
|SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger, please call 911, your local hotline, or (in the U.S.) the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. Please review these safety tips.|