In the Authors Corner with Etienne
Helen Tang Hooper and Marilyn Speak Out on Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a serious problem that needs to be stopped sooner than later. According DomesticViolenceStatistics.org, the statistics are: * Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. * Around the world, at least 1 in every 3 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, & 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 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. * 92% of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence & sexual assault as their top concern. * Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone, equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs. * Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55% & 95% 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 & 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. Our guests, Helen Tang Hooper and Marilyn Greaux, in support of Domestic Violence Education Month, have first-hand experience with the subject and have volunteered to speak about what a female can do to minimize the chances of becoming the next victim.
Duration: 1 hr 2 min