|Posted by Chaplain Teora, RAS, M.Min, D.Div. on April 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
An estimated one in every three women worldwide experiences violence, with rates reaching as high as 70 percent in some countries. Gender-based violence ranges from rape to domestic abuse and acid burnings to dowry deaths and so-called “honor killings.” The problem is not only worldwide, but is prevalent within our churches, and within our nation.
Like most Americans, I am horrified by this violence. In 2009, in a poll three in five American voters said that addressing global violence against women and girls should be one of the top priorities for our government.
A lifetime full of violence is not something that women sign up for. In the Middle East women are being beaten, sexually maimed for religious purposes. What is more horrific is that women from Islamic religions accept the sex-maim procedure for their daughters at an early age. This is child cruelty and abuse. Such practices are performed without anesthesia!
Our government has established laws, but this year President Obama signed a new law which will allow protections against gay, lesbian and transgender victims as well Native Americans, and undocumented immigrants in the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As a non-profit organization, and as church leaders, we must take action against violence. Domestic violence is a cycle that is not easily overcome. The hatred, anger, control, and manipulation of these individuals is terrifying. How many more must endure the cruelty of abuse by the person whom they love? Many are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; depression is on the rise nationwide, and many who are involved in the church or in ministry are cohorts of this crime.
The statistic below were quoted from “In-The-Desert.com”
Mojave, CA, Violent Crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 6. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
Mojave, CA, Property Crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 6. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.
This is the town were my family and I reside and crimes of passion, or just plain abuse is still prevalent and increasing in our community. Help by making a difference in our community. We need shelters, homes, or a safe haven to place women and children who are in desperate need to escape the fists that are incorporating pain into their bodies.