Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.
Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
So…is it really “none of our business” when really, this is no longer what happens “behind closed doors”. Domestic violence, child abuse, rape, psychological and emotional control and abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and perversion, stalking, etc. are right in your living room. They are not in the bed room they are knocking on your front door, at your child’s school, in the front yard of your neighbors house, in your favorite grocery story, in the pew next to you at church, on your Facebook wall, and possibly, sleeping next to you in bed every single night.
Can we really afford to keep being quiet? Can we really keep excusing this behavior? Can we really look at our daughters and sons and say “if you go to school today and are raped, that means you probably need to wear a different outfit tomorrow ok? Tough it out.”
Break the silence, or you are just as guilty as a batterer.