Did you know that one in three women will experience domestic or sexual violence within her lifetime?
Think of three women that you know and love—your mother, your daughter, your sister, your best friend. With numbers this high, this is an issue that affects all of us in some way, shape or form.
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. We can change our community. Each of us has a part to play in eliminating violence. And if you are sitting there thinking, "Yeah right, I have heard this before," please hear me when I say that The Center for Women and Families has a lot of reasons to be hopeful that we can change things.
When we talk about domestic and dating violence, we're talking about crimes that a small percentage of people are committing over and over again. Moreover, research tells us that nonviolent people far outnumber violent ones—10, 20, 30, even 40 to 1!
How then is one in three a reality? How? The answer is that these 40 people are just stepping back. They're just stepping back.
The Center for Women and Families challenges you to speak up about this issue. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so make it a point to learn more about domestic and dating violence. Don't be silent. Together we can prevent domestic and sexual violence in our community.
My name is Amanda Houpt, and that's my…Point of View.