Falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and costumes in windows. Autumn is here, and for us over at Fem2.0, that can only mean one thing one thing: ramping up our efforts to fight domestic violence. September 23rd was the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and this Saturday, October 1, is the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Since the passage of VAWA, violence against women in America has dropped 50%. This is inspiring news, and it only motivates us to work harder. The one place it has dropped the least is around rape and sexual assault of young women ages 16-24. There is a long road ahead and many women still seek help every day from the violence they endure in their homes, or in their relationships. While speaking about VAWA on The View (Short video clip well worth watching) the other day, Vice President Joe Biden said the VAWA was “the single most significant thing I’ve ever done in my life”. For someone who has spent much of his career in the Senate, and now serves as Vice President, that is quite a statement. But I believe him. It has made a huge impact on the country.
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
1 in 5 young women will be a victim of sexual assault while in college.
1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partner and children in adulthood.
One in five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.
Vice President Joe Biden is responding to the high rate of rape, sexual assault and dating violence in young women by starting One is Too Many. Learn the facts, and share your ideas to make college campuses safer, and prevent dating violence and sexual assault.
This October is your chance to take action! Tomorrow I will be handing out information and ribbons outside a metro station in DC with DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Volunteer, donate items to a shelter, give money to a hotline, share information, wear a ribbon. Do something to remember victims and honor the survivors of domestic violence.
Throughout the month, Fem2.0 will be hosting blog posts on the topic, cross-posting pieces from other blogs, and sharing facts, event information, and volunteer opportunities. Can you join us and commit to even just one action to support these efforts? Follow us on Twitter this month and join the Fem2 community to tell the world that we will no longer stand by while women’s lives are in danger. Check out the resources below, and let’s get to work.
Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women on Twitter:
Originally appeared on Fem2.0