How Many Women Have Been Killed Since Nicole?
by alegre, Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 09:38:42 AM EDT
Nicole Simpson was killed in 1994 yet we're STILL, hearing about it now that OJ Simpson's come out with his new book. The talking heads were blathering on about it this morning on every channel - ABC spent about 10 minutes talking with Nicole's sister, and NBC had the family of that guy who was killed with Nicole on to defend their non-offense at Simpson's new book.
I'm sickened by the way the MSM focus on the issue of domestic violence and the murder of innocent women by spouses or (ex) boyfriends - this shit happens every freakin' day, and we don't hear a peep out of the MSM about these brutal acts of violence.
So I got curious and checked out NOW's info pages on violence against women. Four women are killed in domestic violence every day - that's (let me get the calculator out here) 1,460 women a year. So since Nicole was murdered, (holy shit) 18,980 have been killed in our country.
I'll REPEAT THAT: 18,980 women have been murdered since Nicole was killed in 1994. I don't know about you but I haven't heard a peep about these victims of domestic violence. No one's interviewing their families or writing books about them. Make the jump...
From NOW's page on violence against women ...
MURDER. Every day four women die in this country as a result of domestic violence, the euphemism for murders and assaults by husbands and boyfriends. That's approximately 1,400 women a year, according to the FBI. The number of women who have been murdered by their intimate partners is greater than the number of soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.
The site goes on to talk about the 2 to 4 million women who are battered and beaten by intimates each year, the 1.2 million women who're forcibly raped (half of whom knew their attacker(s)), and the effect these crimes have on children.
Kim Gandy & the NOW pac have endorsed Hillary's historic run for the White House, and since their announced endorsement, I've been paying a lot more attention to the emails I get from NOW (I'm on a LOT of mailing lists). Gandy sent out a recent newsletter, which includes her "Below the Belt" column, and it was a real eye-opener...
A 20-year-old woman reported being raped by the bouncer outside a bar in Cincinnati. A disabled woman in Everett, Wash., says she was raped in her home by a man she knew, while her young children slept nearby. In Washington, D.C., police say a woman was forced to withdraw money for the assailant after he raped her. A man was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyo., for raping and murdering a woman. Chicago police say a 25-year-old woman was stabbed and strangled in a "domestic dispute."
And that was just yesterday.
Rarely a day goes by without multiple headlines announcing that a woman or young girl is missing, or has been sexually assaulted, raped or murdered, or some combination thereof. It is no secret that violence against women and girls pervades this country and the world, and yet for some reason, neither the statistics nor the headlines shock society into collective, sustained action. The fact that one in six women in the U.S. is the victim of sexual assault raises few eyebrows.
Certain instances of sexual assault, rape and other violent acts against women get a lot of media coverage, but the reports are rarely framed as evidence of a serious public health crisis and a society still struggling with misogyny. More often, incidents make news because of the alleged perpetrator's celebrity status or the salaciousness of the crime, a trend that has fostered a frightening trivialization of violence against women. Rape has become the stuff of gossip -- and even humor.
This shit has a horrible effect on girls in our society. If they try to speak out against this kind of violence they're met with "jokes" by male peers about RAPE CLUBS. They're jeered at whenever they try to hold Take Back the Night rallies or marches on college campuses. Apparently, it's perfectly acceptable to make light of violence against women & girls in our society now. (Just think of how objectionable it would be if you replaced girl with a minority group - and rape with lynching or gassing!).
The Gandy article goes on to say that...
I guess it's not surprising to learn that one in five high school girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner, according to a 2001 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The lead author of the study said the findings suggest that many adolescent boys "have adopted attitudes that men are entitled to control their girlfriends through violence." This control can have both immediate and far-reaching effects. For instance, girls who had been victimized were eight to nine times more likely to have attempted suicide in the previous year.
I am so sick of the way the MSM use sensational murders like Simpson's to boost their ratings (because let's face it - with the crap they're pumping out on to the airwaves right now, they need all the help they can get!). They slam us with this crap for their own gain while they ignore the underlying crisis in our society - violence against thousands of innocent women & girls every day. More from Gandy's articles...
When CNN feels compelled to run a headline like "Spector rant: 'All women should be shot in the head,'" concerning music producer Phil Spector's alleged murder of actor Lana Clarkson, couldn't the news provider include some information about just how many women are murdered annually by someone they know?
When we hear about violence against women, as in June's stories about the murder of pregnant Jessie Davis by her boyfriend and the murders of Nancy Benoit and her son by professional wrestler Chris Benoit, don't we deserve better than a "she asked for it" response? Said FOX pundit Bill O'Reilly of these murders: "In both of these terrible situations, the men involved were troubled and chaotic. And the women involved had to know that. Now I'm not blaming the victims here, but I am saying that every one of us has to make smart decisions especially when children are involved." Of course, he's not blaming the victims, but he goes on to say, "The women should be alive today, but those ladies made big mistakes."
(emphasis mine - my head's about to explode over that blowhard's hate & ignorance!)
I'm so sick of the way women are treated in our society, from the violence women & girls face at the hands of men (and sometimes other women) who supposedly love them, to the way the cops, courts and MSM refuse to open their eyes to what's happening (given the numbers, it's not only likely - but probable that someone they know is a victim of this kind of violence).
I posted a couple of diaries over the last few months in support of Hillary's historic run for the White House - I'm convinced that putting a woman in the Oval Office will force our society to take a more serious look at how we treat the women & girls of this great land. It's one of many reasons I'm not only voting for Hillary in Maryland's primary on Feb. 12th, but working my tail off to help make sure she makes it. She has a phenomenal record of standing up for the rights of women & children and is still working hard on the issues we care about, as noted in one of my recent write-ups of her address to the National Conference of Planned Parenthood.
My very first diary in support of Hillary really touches on these issues - Would A Clinton Presidency Help Women? Absolutely! My blogging on behalf of Hillary got started with a comment I left in a diary of WiscMass' back in June and I think it's worth posting what led to the above-linked diary...
As to the candidates and the questions you raised, I don't know my chosen candidate's (Clinton) position on each and every one of them.
But here's the thing and I know this is going to sound odd coming from me... we've been led for well over 200 years by men and look where it's gotten us. Over 30 years have passed since Roe and we're STILL fighting for our right to choose - hell to even have access to birth control! Children make up a massive percentage of those living in poverty. Our schools are a mess in urban areas. Court rulings regarding child support and protection orders are virtually ignored, girls are literally starving themselves to death to achieve some ideal image as portrayed in our MSM, domestic violence isn't taken seriously by our courts or even the cops... the list goes on and on and ON when it comes to the lack of respect for the rights of women & our children in this society.
The more I look at her record and her position on the issues, the more convinced I am that it's time we elected this woman as president. Maybe then people will take us seriously - as workers, as providers for our families, and as human beings who deserve the same respect given to the men in our land.
She's smart. She's got a proven track record when it comes to working for the rights of women & children, and she's got a head-start on a lot of the other candidates when it comes to rebuilding our f#cked-up reputation with other world leaders.
Put a woman with her brains and background in the White House - let her show the rest of the world what a WOMAN can do if she gets the chance - and maybe things will (finally!) start to change for us here at home.
And hey I know she won't be able to fix all of the above in one fell swoop - but it's time we gave it a try. It's a start at least.
It's time to get serious about the violence that's visited upon our wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends each and every day in our society - rather than pay lip service to the matter whenever some celebrity is accused of a brutal murder. And this is how I'm getting serious - by supporting Hillary and posting rants here on sites like this.
Cross-Posted at DailyKos.com