One Billion Rising: Ending the Pandemic of Violence Against Women

Just The Messenger

 

by rhrealitycheck
September 28, 2012

Written by Soraya Chemaly for  RH Reality Check . This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the  original post .

Every day, girls and women the world over face a broad range of assaults which, in the aggregate, inhibit equality everywhere. In the United States we are dealing with a legislative assault on women’s rights, well documented  here, that few people understand as a real and violent assault on women’s physical integrity and right to bodily autonomy. More often than not, people think of the “war on women” in the United States as a politically expeditious metaphor when it is not. There is nothing abstract or metaphorical about it. That’s too squeam-inducing for many people to consider. However, in direct and more obvious, “forcible” and “legitimately” recognized ways, women in the United States  experience directly…

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