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Violence Against Women
Reli Wilsonon 4 December 2013
Transcript of Violence Against Women
"Without an understanding of male supremacy and female oppression, it is impossible to explain why violence against women exists."
Sexual Abuse and Rape
"All women, regardless of class, color, race/ethnicity, religion, ability or age are subject to male violence."
No amount of economic, racial, sexual or class-based privilege can absolutely protect women from violence in a patriarchal society.
The abusers believe that they have the right to control the women they live with. this need for power is taught by culture, media, society and though family history.
At least 1 in 8 women in Canada are abused
Women are 11 times more likely than men to be a victim of sexual violence, and 3 times more likely to be the victim of criminal harassment.
The second wave feminist was instrumental in exposing the dimensions and complexities of violence against women
Third-wave feminist have developed a more complex understanding of male violence and have expanded critique of the cultural particularities of women's victimization.
Radical feminist pointed out that violence against women was endemic in Western societies.
Today's feminist are drawing more attention to the global and historical parameters of violence. (colonialism, globalization, imperialism and racism)
Violence against women must be understood that it is a much more complexly interwoven with local, national and international axes of power, privileges and oppression.
Do you suffer from Abuse?
Act jealous, or accuses you of cheating?
Threatens to hurt you, your children or others?
Makes you do sexual acts you don't want to?
Push, grab, slap, kick or punch you or use other physical violence against you?
Make many promises to change but continues to abuse you?
In 1993, Canada passed a law creating protection for women against criminal harassment
According to Human Rights watch, 70-90% of women in Pakistan have endured domestic violence.
Attacks on women in the public & Workplace
Women feel responsible for their own safety in public places
Domestic violence can take many forms, including threats, intimidation, economic control, using their children and isolation.
Much of the violence against girls and young women has been in the form of sexual abuse in the family.
1 in 2 females had been victims of sexual offenses.
"Serious sexual abuse in childhood occurs in at least 15% of Canadian female population and 5% of Canadian male population
"girls are constantly more likely to be victimized than boys."
Its even worse in other countries...
These forms of violence can vary from beatings, to rape, to even murder in the name of honor
Analysts fear that as many as 11,000 young brides were killed or forced to commit suicide between 1988- 1991.. and these numbers continue to increase...
Power & Control in Domestic Violence
• Men commit acts of violence towards women because their power in society allows them to do so.
Learned helplessness and the battered woman syndrome shows violence can affect a woman's sense of self.
Between 2001- 2007 a total of 101 Canadian police officers and soldiers were killed- while more than 500 Canadian women were killed by their intimate partners.
Most victims of criminal harassment are women, while most stalkers are men
And many were never reported, why?
Women feel scared or have been threatened to not tell or they would lose their jobs.
Domestic Violence in the Movies...
Gender violence in all of its varied manifestations is not random and is not about sex, it is about Power
Statistics show that 15% of all violent crimes committed against women happen at work these includes sexual assault, rape and robbery.
Feel like you cant do anything right?
Feel like you are caught in a trap?
Feel afraid to talk about your problems?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Many need their jobs to support their families so they endure the violence to feed their families.....
Just A Few Facts...
About one million women a year in Canada may be beaten by their partner
1 in 5 murders in Canada are a result of domestic violence, 85% of them being men against women
Women are beaten an average of 35 times before they call for help
1. Know & practice the quickest route out of your home.
2. Pack a bag and have it ready.
3. Inform your neighbors to call the police if they hear a disturbance.
4. Have a code word for the kids.
5. Know where you re going to go if you have to leave quickly.
6. Use your instincts, you have the right to protect yourself and
Does your partner?
"For most women and girls, the family is the most dangerous and violent institution."
some do not make it to a family because they are victims of Female infanticide and ultrasound aided selective abortions, because they are seen as insupportable burdens on the family.
Growing up Female: violence in
16% of women have been incestuously abused.
Aboriginal girls experience higher rates of victimization.
Rates of abuse varies globally, from 1 in 5 to 1 in 4 women indicate they were abused.
In African, Middle Eastern and South American countries, Female genital mutilation is perform on girls between ages 6 and 12 years.
NO Means No!
Rape can happen to any woman.
A woman can be raped by a
a date or an acquaintance
regardless of her appearance or situation, she has the right to say No! to unwanted sexual demands.
In a "rape-prone" culture, sexual violence is common.It is where prevalent attitudes, norms, and behaviors; excuse, minimize and even propagate sexual violence.
"Rape myths legitimate male aggression and blame women for their own victimization"
Blaming The Victim...
30% of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual assault.
less than 10% of women victims report being raped.....
Most women do not report being raped because they fear not being believed by police.
fear of not being taken seriously or treated with respect.
fear not being able to maintain personal privacy in regards to past sexual experiences
The introduction of Bill C-127 in 1983
categorized the offenses of rape into a series of sexual assault offenses (depending on the severity of physical violence from the attack)
The "Rape Shield Act" employs strict guidelines regarding the relevance of a woman's sexual history, during trials.
Globally violence against women comes in multiple forms and is a persistent reality in women's life.