Attention: Here are Some Facts
May 26, 2012
National Domestic Violence Statistics
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States.
- The American Medical Association estimates that their male partners assault 2 million American women each year.
- The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 95% of the victims of domestic violence are women.
- A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the United States. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Report to the nation on Crime and Justice. The Data. Washington DC Office of Justice Program, US Dept. of Justice. Oct 1983)
- 35% of all emergency room calls are a result of domestic violence.
- Of those who abuse their partner, well over 65% also physically and/or sexually abuse the children.
- Each day …..4 women die as a result of abuse.
- Each day …..3 children die as a result of abuse.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that 32% of female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States 1999.2000)
- Anywhere from 1-3 million women are battered each year by their intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence. Washington DC, 2000.)
- In the United States, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, raped, or killed by an intimate partner than by any other type of assailant. (ibid.)
- Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. (Commonwealth Fund Survey, 1998.)
- Approximately 85% of the victims of domestic violence are women. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence. Washington DC, 2000.)
- 37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. (US Department of Justice, Violence Related injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments, August 1997.)
- 11% of all murders in 1998 were the result of domestic violence. (Office of justice Programs, May 17, 2000 press release , http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov)
There has been a lot of attention paid to transsexuals who are murdered and attacked in the U.S. There is a “Day of Remembrance” for these victims, and no doubt, T* people DO suffer abuse and violence.
That is wrong, of course, and of course we must do all that we can to put an end to it.
But every day–EVERY DAY–here in the U.S., women–females–are murdered by abusive partners. Where is the National Day of Remembrance for them?
95% (or more) of these murders are committed by men. That is, almost ALL of them.
And yet, the trans community tells us that they are the most oppressed, suffer the most violence, deserve the most sympathy, the most help.
Radical feminists are told by the trans people and their supporters and apologists that they–we–are responsible for their suicides and murders. We–women–are told that their blood is on our hands.
And yet, radical feminists are not their killers. MEN ARE.
It is my belief that the trans people blame feminists–radical feminists–because we are easy targets, because we actually listen to their complaints and demands, we actually take their arguments into thoughtful consideration, and debate using feminist principles.
Their murderers do not.
We can argue about female-only space, what the trans phenomenon means for females, how it reinforces roles we have rejected–all of it. But in the end, the one statistic that matters the most, the one fact that is the horrible truth for so many women, is that they are more likely than not–MORE LIKELY THAN NOT–to be abused, beaten, and possibly murdered by men.
When the trans community observes a day of mourning for those victims, when ‘transwomen’ recognize who their REAL enemies are, when they stop going after radical feminists with threats of violence and protests, perhaps there will be a little more sympathy for them.
When they stop proving they are men by acting like the men they are, perhaps they will be accepted as the women they so long to become.
Until that day, I will fight to keep women alive. I will put my energy, time and resources into the struggle for life that all women face, every single day of our lives, from infancy on.
If that is somehow “transphobic,” then so be it.