Commentary -- Everything we think about worldwide violence against women is wrong

By Ruth Messinger

“That’s the way men are over there. They are not like us.” “Violence against women is personal, so there’s nothing we or our government can do.”

I have heard all these excuses, and more, for why the United States is not more involved in fighting the global epidemic of violence against women that continues unabated. An estimated one out of every three women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime—with rates reaching 70% in some countries. Rape continues to be used as a weapon of war, and in many places, the first sexual experience for up to 30% of women will be forced.


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