Women at Risk: Everywhere

Did you know that 30 to 60 percent of women in most countries experience sexual and domestic violence?  I was shocked to read that today in a New York Times Op-Ed.  Nicholas Kristoff argues that Delhi isn't so different from Steubenville, Ohio, where football players recently repeatedly raped a young unconscious woman, and I'm so sad to believe that he is right.

According to Kristoff, "women worldwide ages 15 through 44 are more likely to die or be maimed because of male violence than because of cancer, malaria, war and traffic accidents combined."  And where are we?  In a country where Congress refused to renew the Violence Against Women Act.

We like to think the horrific rape and ultimate death of the innocent young woman in India several weeks ago could never happen here.  But do we really think about women that much differently than many in that country, or the world, do?



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