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Unite and Fight Abuse Against Women

Abuse of women is a form of human rights violation that affects women just about every where in the world.  Ironically one of the thing which contributes to   abuse is the lack of unity among women and the fact that in some societies women actually take part in abusing other women.  In places such as India and Pakistan mother-in-laws and sister-in-laws often beat and torture a new bride if they are not satisfied with the dowry that the family receives.  There is no unity among the sisterhood and they see nothing wrong with hurting one of their kind.

In countries where Female Genital Mutilation is practiced, it is often the women who carry out this gruesome operation.  In the Cameroon and other places that practice breast ironing it is the women who hurt their daughters and inflict physical as well as psychological scars.  Women disfigure and hurt their daughters in what they say is an attempt to protect them from rape and harassment by men.  These women fail to grasp the understanding that what they are doing is just another form of abuse.  It is a no win situation for many young girls; if the men don’t hurt them, their mothers will.

One of the biggest obstacle in eliminating abuse against women worldwide is the fact that in many countries women have been conditioned to accept abuse as a part of life.  Women suffer abuse in forced marriages and do nothing  to protect their daughters from experiencing the same fate.  So the vicious cycle of abuse is allowed to continue.  For many young girls there is no escape, no way out.  There is no one to stand up for them and no one to protect them.

The change must start with women taking responsibility for protecting their daughters instead of hurting them.  Women must unity in the fight for equal rights for women. Young girls must no longer be denied the right to an education and they should not be forced into child marriages for which they are not prepared physically, mentally or emotionally.  Women must understand that abuse of any form is not acceptable.

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Life and Living

Horrific Case of Abuse

Abusive Babysitter

The following video shared on Face-book is very disturbing. It is a warning to every parent how important it is to keep a close watch on the person taking care of your child. Not everyone can be trusted so be very careful who you entrust your child with. If this was your child what would you do?

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Stop Abuse of Women

Say No to Molestation of Children

My blog post today was prompted by a question asked by a friend on Facebook.  The question was if a family member molested your child and you got angry every time you saw them, what would you do, keep the family secret, approach them and let them know you know about it or get them arrested.

My first thought was that was a simple answer, if someone molested my child I would immediately have that person arrested family member or not, but then it dawned on me that it is not that simple for everyone.  Families often keep secrets so that the family honor is upheld.  A case of a child who is molested or raped by a family member may go unreported so as not to bring shame on the family.  While the family member is protected who looks out for the child?  The child is the victim in this situation.  The child is the one who will have to live with the physical and emotional trauma and often will remain emotionally scarred for life.

When these things happen and you keep silent you are giving the perpetrator power and is inadvertently aiding and abetting him or her.  How do you think the child will feel knowing that you knew what was happening but did nothing about it because it was more important to keep the family secret.  The child’s welfare must be the number one priority in situations like this and anyone one who molest a child must be held accountable.

It is the responsibility of adults to protect children and often times it is these people who they trust that molest them.  We are living in a cruel world and often times it is the children who suffer the most because they are defenseless and are not able to do anything about what is happening to them.  In order to protect children parents who are aware that their children are molested and do nothing about it must be held accountable along with the perpetrator.  Let us protect our children. They have the right to enjoy their childhood years free from molestation.