Amnesty International has declared violence against women as the gratest human rights scandal of our times.
One in four women in the UK will experience violence at the hand of a current or former partner
One in three women in the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused at some point in her life.
Domestic Violence causes more death and disability among women aged between 16-44 than than cancer or traffic accidents.
Pepertrators of domestic violence are portrayed as monsters, as abnormal. This is a lie.
Women are expected to take precautions against male violence and attempts to rape them (rape alarms, covering drinks in bars, getting taxis, always going out in twos, restricting their movements)
100 00 women are raped each year – 2000 every week – and yet only 6.5% are reported to the police.
If a rapist comes to trial, the vicitm is often viewed as partly sharing the blame for the rape.
Two women are murdered each week as a direct result of Intimate Partner Violence (100 a year, roughly 1/7 of all murders)
IPV has the highest rate of repeat victimisation of any crime
40-50% of female accident and emergency visits in the US are due to violence done by intimate partners.
The total cost of DV for the state, victims and employers is £23 billion a year.
Only 17 percent of rapes take place by strangers and only 13% in a public place, but analysis of newspaper reports show that 55% of them are about stranger rapes – Domestic rapes by partners (the overwhelming norm) is not seen as newsworthy.
60% of women who have had an experience that fits the legal definition of rape don’t define the act as rape because it doesn’t fit the ‘typical stranger scenario’ that they are taught is the norm.
It is estimated that between 100 and 140 million women in the world have undergone female genital mutilation – 66000 in the uk.
It is estimated that 5000 women are murdered each year in ‘honour killings’ – honour killings can take place because the woman has brought shame on the family – through wearing make up, losing her virginity outside of marriage or having an unapproved of boyfriend. Banyard sees this as an organised crime.
Banyard also tries to argue that plastic surgery etc. should be seen as a ‘harmful cultural practise stemming from gender equality.’
In western culture – millions have their flesh sucked, foreign bodies inserted under their skin and, increasingly, parts of their labia minora cut off for non medical purposes. We don’t name this a harmful cultural practise stemming from gender inequality, we call it plastic surgery.