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Final Blog Post Assignment: Gender-Based Violence


The World has many global issues that affect people on this planet. Stuff like Poverty, Climate Change, and Pollution are all issues people worry about and try to fix. However I fell like there is another global issue that people do not talk about enough and that is Gender-based violence. For those uninformed Gender-Based Violence is violence against a person because of that person's gender (Obviously) or violence that affects people of a particular gender disproportionately.

The Sad truth about Gender-Based Violence is that many of the victims are women and men are usually the ones abusing the women in situations like these. But before I continue I would also like to say that even though most of the victims In gender-based violence are women, In some cases the victims can be men also, unfortunately many male victims are not taken seriously or just out right ignored because of toxic masculinity and stupid stereotypes with Males. Many Men and Women are also just afraid to speak out against their abusers due to the fact that some people think they are lying or their abusers might track them down to hurt them again.

There are many different types of gender-based violence for example we have Physical Violence this results In Victims having injuries, distress and health problems and can even lead to death In most cases unfortunately. The most common forms of this abuse Is crap like beating someone up, strangling the victim or hurting them with weapons like hammers or knives. The most messed up thing about this is according to the European commission " In the EU 31% of women have experienced one or more acts of physical violence since the age of 15, even worse in the US alone according to "1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical violence by a partner and family member." This is honestly very disgusting and alarming that many people by the minute are being abused and beaten by people who are supposed to care for them and it's honestly complete bull crap in my opinion.

Another form of physical violence is sexual violence against the victim. This seems pretty obvious to most people since we hear stories like this damn near everyday But I will still explain to everyone. Sexual Violence includes stuff like unconsented sexual acts, attempts to obtain a sexual act and attempts to sexually traffics the victims (Mostly Women). According to the European Commission " One in 20 women (5%) has been raped In EU countries since the age of 15 and In the US alone according to " 1 in 6 American women has been a victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime." I would also like to add that 14.8% have been completed and 2.8% have been attempted. Unfortunately I could not find that much on male victims who have been raped but The % is also probably high as well. There is Is also Psychological violence as well this includes behavior as mentally controlling the victim, Blackmailing the victim and economically hurting the victim as well. I personally think that Psychological gender-based violence is the worst because I fell like victims are mentally hurt and some are even borderline unstable which can cause the victim to hurt themselves like injuring other yourself with weapons or attempting suicide. According to the European Commission "43% of women In the EU have experienced this form of violence before.

In conclusion stuff like this is very alarming and this has been going on for many many years now. If you are a victim of gender-based violence please I beg of you speak up against your abusers, people like that should not be able to walk the streets and meet new people. If you speak up people will have your side and will do anything to help you. In the end your safety matters the most.

Thank you for taking your time to read this Blog Post.
Written by Jahnaya Hastings.

Gender-Based Violence A global issue

By Jahnaya Hastings

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