There are many issues that penetrate the news daily about third world countries but, one topic that is swept under the rug is violence against women. There are many different forms of violence against women in third world countries. Some of the forms are childhood marriages; rape, domestic violence, human trafficking, incest and even female circumcision are everyday occurrences in some of those countries. Discussing these issues is almost forbidden. Women are not able to freely go to the police and tell them of any of these things. It is baffling to me that just mentioning any of these topics to the police could make their own family disown them (which is one of the reasons why it is kept silent). It has been said that some females are subjected to violence before they are born. They even choose to abort their unborn daughters, hoping for sons instead. Some girls are even made to undergo horrible and almost inhumane traditional practices as circumcision, which leave them injured and traumatized. In other instances, they are forced to marry at an early age, before they are physically, mentally or emotionally mature.
Rape Against Women
In the United States along with other countries rape is a very serious crime. It takes innocence from children and confidence from adults. Even though rape is a crime that both women and men are subjected to, 91% of the victims are women. The statistics are that rapes are convicted by:
• Someone with whom the respondent was in love: 46%
• Someone that the respondent knew well: 22%
• Acquaintance: 19%
• Spouse: 9%
• Stranger: 4%
These same statistics read true for most third world countries. Being taken advantage of by someone that you love (or was once in love with) can really make a person feel betrayed. That betrayal could lead to a women feeling like they could never love or trust again. The same would be true if the assailant where your spouse. The different... [continues]
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