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'71% of women are abused'

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th November 2012 03:57 PM

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that ends on December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that ends on December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that ends on December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day.

Today,  Dr. Cory Couillard explores the cost of gender-based violence on women, children and the society as well

 
A multi-country study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that up to 71% of women aged 15 to 49 years reported physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Violence against women has become a vicious cycle in families thus creating generational dysfunction. 
 
The social framework of society is at risk when we let violence happen in our homes. 
Physical, mental and emotional abuse are major public health problems and violations of women’s human rights.
 
Currently, there are few global interventions that have been proven effective at preventing violence against women. This is the result of the deep-rooted cultural strongholds that will continue to repeat themselves until we take personal responsibility and change it. 
 
Action is not solely up to governments, organisations or groups – it starts with you. 
 
Violence has health consequences
 
Physical and sexual violence have short and long-term health implications. Abuse effects mental health, reproductive health and a variety of other physical health problems such as increased rates of cancer, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In some cases, fatal injuries can result. 
 
Other health effects have been found to include headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia and digestive disorders, according to WHO. Violence can lead to unplanned pregnancies, abortions, miscarriage, pre-term delivery, low birth weight and stillbirth. Violence starts harming children even before they are born. 
 
Violence can also cause the abuse of tobacco, drugs and alcohol. The overall combination can lead to future depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, difficulty in sleeping, eating disorders, emotional distress and suicide. It has also been shown to increase sexual behaviours and one to pursue and stay in known dysfunctional relationships. 
 
Escalating financial and societal costs
 
Sexual violence against girls and women is common, but it also happens against boys. WHO reports that international studies have revealed 20% of women and five to 10% of men have reported being victims of sexual violence as a child. This abuse translates into violence throughout the individual’s life. 
 
Children become what they see. Early abuse in life will set up a cascade of negative outcomes throughout life that will have high social and economic costs. 
 
Events such as missing school, visiting doctors, poor performance, lack of interest and poor overall lifestyle will cost society and its future positive advancement. Our children are our future and they are looking to you as an example. 
 
Women often suffer isolation, inability to work and loss of income. All of these aspects will prevent and limit their ability to care for themselves and their children. The side effects of abuse often causes more abuse. 
 
Am I at risk of abuse?
 
Coincidently, many of the risk factors of being a victim and or perpetrator of abuse are similar. It is the way we are raised as children – what we are exposed to, how we cope and what we learn to be acceptable behaviour in families, communities and the society. Abused boys become the abusers, abused girls become the victims. The vicious cycle continues. 
 
One of the preventable risk factors is education. Education does not mean whether an individual is smart or not. It is a reflection of inward, personal and self-preservation thoughts versus outward and societal-impact thoughts. The greater one’s education, the greater the understanding of their actions have on others and society. Education provides us with responsibility – to our children, spouse, community and society.
 
It is a fact that males who have multiple partners or are suspected by their partners of infidelity to have higher rates of abuse. This is also true for marital discord and dissatisfaction. In many cultures it involves the ideology of sexual entitlement and power. All of these are not passed down through genetics, it is our choices. Choices can be changed.
 
How can I prevent violence?
 
School-based programmes to prevent violence within dating relationships have been found to be effective. However, this intervention technique requires such a programme to exist to be effective.
 
If it does not exist, find community-based initiatives that address gender inequality, communication and relationship skills. Other primary prevention strategies include increased awareness, improved education, reduced access to alcohol and the elimination of drug use.
 
Cultural gender norms are not “normal”, but common. The “normal” of tomorrow can be changed by applying the prevention techniques and reducing the risk factors.
 
Legislation and policy development
 
To achieve lasting change, it is important to enact legislation and develop policies that protect women. Are there strict consequences of violence in place?
 
A multi-sectoral response is needed to address the needs of the victims and the survivors of violence. An appropriate response from the health sector should help prevent violence by increasing awareness and supporting community-based initiatives. Support cannot only be in the private sector. 
 
Preventing childhood abuse
 
It is important to talk to your children about sexual abuse in age-appropriate terms. Set standards by teaching children that some parts of their body are private and off limits to everyone. Let them know that other people should not be touching or looking at their private parts. Teach them to communicate to a trusted adult as soon as possible. 
 
The best way to identify if there is a problem is to be involved in your child’s life. Sexual abuse can cause changes in mood, connectedness, joy or other emotions that can be identified through communication with your child. Get to know their friends and parents. 
 
We can help decrease sexual abuse and violence by speaking out and educating ourselves. The vicious cycle cannot continue, change is coming. We must move our culture away from the violence that is crippling us. When you ask your children, “What do you dream about?”, Would you be content to hear them say “I dream to be an abuser or a victim”? It is up to us to be the change that we want to see in the world. 
 
Dr. Cory Couillard is an international healthcare speaker worldwide. He works in collaboration with WHO’s goals of disease prevention and global healthcare education‘71% of women are abused’
 
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of the international campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that ends on December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day. Today, 
 
Dr. Cory Couillard explores the cost of gender-based violence on women, children and the society as well
 
A multi-country study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that up to 71% of women aged 15 to 49 years reported physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Violence against women has become a vicious cycle in families thus creating generational dysfunction. 
 
The social framework of society is at risk when we let violence happen in our homes. 
Physical, mental and emotional abuse are major public health problems and violations of women’s human rights.
 
Currently, there are few global interventions that have been proven effective at preventing violence against women. This is the result of the deep-rooted cultural strongholds that will continue to repeat themselves until we take personal responsibility and change it. 
 
Action is not solely up to governments, organisations or groups – it starts with you. 
 
Violence has health consequences
 
Physical and sexual violence have short and long-term health implications. Abuse effects mental health, reproductive health and a variety of other physical health problems such as increased rates of cancer, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In some cases, fatal injuries can result. 
 
Other health effects have been found to include headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia and digestive disorders, according to WHO. Violence can lead to unplanned pregnancies, abortions, miscarriage, pre-term delivery, low birth weight and stillbirth. Violence starts harming children even before they are born. 
 
Violence can also cause the abuse of tobacco, drugs and alcohol. The overall combination can lead to future depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, difficulty in sleeping, eating disorders, emotional distress and suicide. It has also been shown to increase sexual behaviours and one to pursue and stay in known dysfunctional relationships. 
 
Escalating financial and societal costs
 
Sexual violence against girls and women is common, but it also happens against boys. WHO reports that international studies have revealed 20% of women and five to 10% of men have reported being victims of sexual violence as a child. This abuse translates into violence throughout the individual’s life. 
 
Children become what they see. Early abuse in life will set up a cascade of negative outcomes throughout life that will have high social and economic costs. 
 
Events such as missing school, visiting doctors, poor performance, lack of interest and poor overall lifestyle will cost society and its future positive advancement. Our children are our future and they are looking to you as an example. 
 
Women often suffer isolation, inability to work and loss of income. All of these aspects will prevent and limit their ability to care for themselves and their children. The side effects of abuse often causes more abuse. 
 
Am I at risk of abuse?
 
Coincidently, many of the risk factors of being a victim and or perpetrator of abuse are similar. It is the way we are raised as children – what we are exposed to, how we cope and what we learn to be acceptable behaviour in families, communities and the society. Abused boys become the abusers, abused girls become the victims. The vicious cycle continues. 
 
One of the preventable risk factors is education. Education does not mean whether an individual is smart or not. It is a reflection of inward, personal and self-preservation thoughts versus outward and societal-impact thoughts. The greater one’s education, the greater the understanding of their actions have on others and society. Education provides us with responsibility – to our children, spouse, community and society.
 
It is a fact that males who have multiple partners or are suspected by their partners of infidelity to have higher rates of abuse. This is also true for marital discord and dissatisfaction. In many cultures it involves the ideology of sexual entitlement and power. All of these are not passed down through genetics, it is our choices. Choices can be changed.
 
How can I prevent violence?
 
School-based programmes to prevent violence within dating relationships have been found to be effective. However, this intervention technique requires such a programme to exist to be effective. If it does not exist, find community-based initiatives that address gender inequality, communication and relationship skills.
 
Other primary prevention strategies include increased awareness, improved education, reduced access to alcohol and the elimination of drug use. Cultural gender norms are not “normal”, but common. The “normal” of tomorrow can be changed by applying the prevention techniques and reducing the risk factors.

Legislation and policy development
 
To achieve lasting change, it is important to enact legislation and develop policies that protect women. Are there strict consequences of violence in place? A multi-sectoral response is needed to address the needs of the victims and the survivors of violence. An appropriate response from the health sector should help prevent violence by increasing awareness and supporting community-based initiatives. Support cannot only be in the private sector. 
 
Preventing childhood abuse
 
It is important to talk to your children about sexual abuse in age-appropriate terms. Set standards by teaching children that some parts of their body are private and off limits to everyone. Let them know that other people should not be touching or looking at their private parts.
 
Teach them to communicate to a trusted adult as soon as possible. 
The best way to identify if there is a problem is to be involved in your child’s life. Sexual abuse can cause changes in mood, connectedness, joy or other emotions that can be identified through communication with your child. Get to know their friends and parents. 
 
We can help decrease sexual abuse and violence by speaking out and educating ourselves. The vicious cycle cannot continue, change is coming. We must move our culture away from the violence that is crippling us. When you ask your children, “What do you dream about?”, Would you be content to hear them say “I dream to be an abuser or a victim”? It is up to us to be the change that we want to see in the world. 
 
Dr. Cory Couillard is an international healthcare speaker worldwide. He works in collaboration with WHO’s goals of disease prevention and global healthcare education
 

 



‘71% of women are abused’

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