Jun 5, 2010

Let's Talk Abuse

Never Your Fault
--Definition of (domestic) abuse:
any incident or threatening behavior, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial, or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

I've been seeing alot of stuff on the news about abuse, watching shows on abuse, reading articles about abuse. So I figured to go along with some of my most recent topics, I'd write about it.
I'm no expert on the subject, will never claim to be. I know people who have been abused, are being abused, and either don't know it or won't and/or can't get away from it.
There are many forms of abuse. Many people think abuse and immediately think of physical abuse. But we cannot forget the non-verbal (verbal and emotional and mental) abuse.
Many forms of abuse arise from ignorance, isolation, or benign neglect.
Some Statistics
*92% of physical abusers are men, although women can also be abusers.
*95% of the victimes of domestic abuse are women.
*About 75% of stalkers are men stalking women, but can also be women stalking me, men stalking men, or women stalking women.
*Domestic abuse knows no age or ethnic boundaries.
*Domestic abuse can occur during a relationship or after a relationship has ended.
*4,000,ooo women a year are assaulted by their partners.
*Every day, 4 women are murdered by boyfriends or husbands.
*Prison terms for killing husbands are twice as long as for killing wives.
*One in five (20%) men have experience abuse since the age of 16. This equates to 3.2 million men.
Three in ten (30.2%) women have been abused since the age of 16....4.8 million women.
*Men make up 40% of the victims in domestic violence.
*One in six (17.1%) of men have experienced domestic abuse by their partner and this equates to 2.7 million men.
Two in five (39%) of women have been abused by their partner, equating to 4.3 million women.
Are You Being Abused?
Daughters and sons first learn proper female/male behavior at home. Often, that is all they ever learn....and usually where they learn abuse.
Always remember: Respect is another word for love. You deserve respect in a relationship and should leave any relationship where respect is not shown.
So, the next few blog posts I make will be about abuse and the help that may be available.
You never know who may read and actually recognize something in their life and get help.
If that happens, then so be it.
If not, there sure to be worth the read anyway.

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