Why do I share this with you? Regardless of where I have lived, women and children often live in trying circumstances and have no way out, or the way out is not promising. I do not mean to imply that men are never victims, especially if they are homosexual or transgender, nor do I want to make light of the seriousness of men's issues. My focus for this post will be on women, children, and teens, as statistics warrant this being presented as a separate issue; however, many of the links I share also include statistics about men.
My goal with this post is to maybe help you to help the children and the women we love live as safe and healthy a life as possible. We can't be with our own children all day, every day and we can't take our most troubled students home with us. We can try to prepare them with tools and knowledge and ensure they know we are their best partners in life. We can look out for the struggling children in our communities. I venture to say that one of the biggest mistakes we make, though done with the best of intentions, is trying to keep our own children in a bubble. Accurate, timely information is key, and as adults, we need to start discussing these taboo topics with one another more honestly and openly. I'm going to provide you with the information to get these discussions started.
Infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers
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5 to 9 year olds
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10-12 year olds
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13-18 year olds
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I have to admit that this topic of maltreatment of women and children/teens is often on my mind, but I started this blog shortly after reading an article about a woman raped behind a dumpster at a party near Stanford University. The victim's statement to the court stayed with me and I think of her often. Along with other global cases in the media at the time, I do believe her statement ignited international dialogue about violence against women; her statement highlighted that we have far more work to do globally to change cultural views and the judicial process victims face.
I have included resources that provide information about safety on university campuses, workplace sexual harassment, stalking, and domestic violence.
Ways to get involved
- Global Giving - crowdfunding used to support nonprofit organizations
- V-day - organize an event or donate to end violence against women and children
- Save the Children - International
- RAINN - rape, abuse, and incest national network (US)
- Women's Funding Network - largest philanthropic network devoted to women and girls
- Melinda Gates' Top 5 foundations supporting women and children
- Their world - giving children globally the best possible start
- Child in crisis - educating children globally
- Letgirlslearn - educating girls globally
- World Bank - Financial inclusion of women
- IRC - helping refugees
- Days for Girls International - providing kits to keep menstruating girls from missing school
- Organizations combatting human trafficking
- Acid Survivors Foundation of Bangladesh and Acid Survivors Trust International
- Honour Based Violence Awareness Network
- Start Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at your school - Getting dads more involved in schools internationally- National Center for Fathering -fabulous site with parenting ideas for dads
- 16 organizations fighting female genital mutilation
- Contact a women's shelter in your area and ask how you can help
- Volunteer at a local organization or hotline that provides help for women and children in need
- Be a mentor for a child or teen in need
- Create the safe place for children or teens to hang out
- Get involved with school parent organizations
- Volunteer to coach sports, run social clubs, or assist with Arts programs
- Fight for legislation that addresses the maltreatment of women and children [Example]
The active links for videos and resources above will take you directly to the sites where I conducted my research. The other sources are listed below. Photo - here.
Corraya, Sumon. "BANGLADESH In Bangladesh, 87 per Cent of Women Victims of Domestic Violence." BANGLADESH In Bangladesh, 87 per Cent of Women Victims of Domestic Violence. Asia News, 03 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 June 2016.
"Darkness to Light." Darkness to Light - End Child Sexual Abuse. D2L, 2013. Web. 17 June 2016.
"Domestic Violence in Mauritius." Lexpress.mu. Lexpress, 08 Mar. 2007. Web. 17 June 2016.
Ito, Masimi. "Waking up to Child Abuse | The Japan Times." Japan Times RSS. Japan Times, 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 16 June 2016.
Jackson, Andrew. "SelfieCop - Stats about Selfies & Sexting." SelfieCop. ISPCC, 2016. Web. 28 June 2016.
Jewitt, Sarah, and Harriet Ryley. "It’s a Girl Thing: Menstruation, School Attendance, Spatial Mobility and Wider Gender Inequalities in Kenya." Geoforum 56 (2014): 137-47. Web. 17 July 2016.
New, Michelle J., PhD. "Date Rape." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. The Nemours Foundation, Oct. 2014. Web. 27 June 2016.
"Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics | RAINN." Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics | RAINN. RAINN, 2016. Web. 09 July 2016.