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Gender-Based Violence, Misogyny and a Global Hypocrisy That Fuels It

Imana Gunawan - Humanosphere
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August 16, 2016

It has been one year since authorities in the central Mexican state of Morelos adopted anti-gender violence measures. Known as the Gender Alert, its purpose was to investigate and prevent the high rate of violent murders of women. Although rights defenders struggled to get the measure approved, they say one year on they feel deceived. (teleSUR)

By now, we’ve probably heard plenty about the Stanford rape case involving an unnamed 23-year-old woman and 20-year-old former Stanford University student Brock Turner. We’ve heard plenty about the unreasonably short sentencing for Turner even though he was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault.

We’ve also heard about the two letters that circulated following the case. One of them was from the victim to Turner – touching on everything from victim blaming, the re-victimization that happened during trial from Turner’s lawyers and Turner’s three-month jail sentencing. We’ve heard about the other letter from Turner’s father, who sought probation for his son because the younger Turner no longer enjoys his favorite foods and because jail time would be a “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”

Hopefully by now, we’ve also known that this kind of case is not an anomaly, it’s the norm. Every two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted; every eight minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only six out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison, per statistics by the U.S. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

And that’s not to mention what happens globally. Hopefully we’ve heard that an estimated 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives, according to U.N. Women. And that’s saying nothing of the cases that go unreported.

Read the rest at Humanosphere

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