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The Color Purple - Violence Against Women

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Ashley Vandenberg

on 15 June 2013

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Transcript of The Color Purple - Violence Against Women

" Who you think you is? He say. You can't curse nobody. Look at you. You black, you pore, you ugly, yous a women. God dam.... you nothing at all. "
Violence Against Women
Around the world, as many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way
The Color Purple
" He start choking me, and saying you better shut up and git used to it. But I don't never git used to it. "
-The protagonist (Celie) suffers repeated violence from her father and later in life her husband whom she got sold to by her father.
-Celie is mentally, physically and sexually abused everyday starting at a very young age.

-She reacts by shutting down emotionally, being very passive and eventually at one point in the book completely giving up
-Other female characters, however, prove their strength in the face of violence; after suffering abuse, many of the women in the novel prove they will not be dragged down.
-Eventually, Celie realizes the extent of the emotional violence committed against her, she finds strength and the willpower to leave her husband and start a new life.
Heart Broken.
Most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member

One woman in four has been abused during pregnancy.
and even still, Violence against women has been called "the most passive and least recognized human rights abuse in the world."
-On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence.
-In just one year in Canada, 427,000 women over the age of 15 reported they had been sexually assaulted. Since only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police, the actual number is much higher.
• Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
• 61% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted
This violence can include
What is Violence against
What causes violence against women?
“Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."
-Physical abuse
-Sexual abuse
-Emotional or verbal abuse: Making degrading comments about her body or behaviour. Forcing her to commit degrading acts. Confining her to the house. Destroying her possessions. Threatening to kill her or the children. Threatening to commit suicide.
-Financial abuse: Stealing or controlling her money or valuables Forcing her to work. Denying her the right to work.
-Spiritual abuse: Using her religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control her.
-Criminal harassment/stalking: Following her or watching her in a persistent, malicious, and unwanted manner. Invading her privacy in a way that threatens her personal safety.
• The roots of violence are founded in the belief that the needs, feelings, or beliefs of one person or group are more correct or more important than those of another person or group. This fundamental inequality creates a rationale for humiliation, intimidation, control, abuse—even murder.
Women's rights in Afghanistan have suffered tremendously in the last three decades. Through different rulers such as the Taliban, women have struggled to gain freedoms. Even today, violence against women in Afghanistan is high although the situation is improving slowly as the country progresses with the help of the international community.
Because they're girls:

- they do not have the right to education
- they are forced into marriages
- many are physically, mentally and sexually abused on a daily bases without anybody to defend them.
- their husbands make their decisions for them
As you can see, there are many changes that need to be made all over the world. Violence against women is illegal, and should not go unheard of. The changes need to me made.
Effects of Sexual Violence:
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