In Canada, Aboriginal women have experienced historical violence and brutality that still continues to this day. This abuse affects aboriginal women physically, financially, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or have gone missing in Canada in the last 30 years alone. (MacCharles, 2014) In Canada, Aboriginal women are five times more likely than other women to die as a result of violence. (Cooper & Salomons, 2010) Despite that women in general are submitted to victimization, Aboriginal women not only experience it more severely, but more violently.
European colonists were shocked that Native American Indian women took on active roles within their families and community. It served only few limits but it was achievable. As a Creek, the membership of a tribe was decided upon the mother. This culture supports a matrilineal culture where Mary Musgrove belonged to her mother’s line; therefore, her father considered as a relative by marriage and not a blood relative. Mary’s mother was closely related to Coweta’s chiefs, granting her by birthright a privileged place in Coweta’s
What is Domestic Violence and why does it even exist? Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that manipulate another person in a negative way. Domestic violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women in Australia. Estimates from crime victimization surveys have suggested that every year over 240,000 Australian adult women are physically assaulted and almost one-third of these assault victims have been physically assaulted by a current or previous partner (ABS 2006, social
She argues that this history is precisely what was missing from the trial, which became a case study for how George’s Indigeneity was put through a stigma around sex work that ignored her humanity as a result. According to Canada’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996), Indigenous people are much more likely to experience premature death as a result of the consequences of
The statistic comes from a study by the FBI. The FBI study relied on the book "Behind Closed Doors: Violence in The American Family", by Murray Straus and Richard Gelles. Gelles and Straus did find high levels of violence in American families; but they also found that women were as likely to engage in it as men. They did find that women are more likely to be seriously injured as a result of violence. However, they found the percentage of women who are seriously injured to be smaller than inflated claims of irresponsible feminists - fewer than one percent.
A two-year study conducted in Seattle, 819 female victims of sexual assault, were interviewed about their history of psychiatric disorders. The study found that over 10% of these women diagnosed schizophrenia disorders, and an additional 6 percent diagnosed with bipolar disorder or severe depression, were more likely to have been sexually assaulted by a stranger, attacked by multiple assailants, and severely injured during the attacks. These same women were also more likely to have been homeless or to have spent time in jail than those without mental illness. The author concluded that “sexual assaults in women with a major psychiatric diagnosis are common” and “more violent” compared to women without such diagnoses (Eckert, 2002). In Baltimore, data on physical and sexual abuse collected for one year
Dating violence against women has been a complex issue within the criminal justice system for the at least the last fifteen years (Bialo-Padin & Peterson, 2012; O’Dell, 2007). Even though there has been progress in establishing equality for women in regards to treatment, sadly dating violence against women continues to affect roughly 17.7 percent to 35.5 percent of women starting in thier teenage years (Largio, 2007). There are a number of issues that impede justice for women such as mandatory arrest laws which may include the arrest of the victim (Buzawa, Faggiani, Hirschel & Pattavina, 2007). In addition, women face a criminal justice system that is patriarchal (O 'Dell, 2007). Also, when women deal with the criminal justice system they
What is the greatest issue facing women in America today? This is a difficult question to answer but it can be reasonably assumed that domestic violence is one of the strongest front runners. More than 4 million women experience domestic violence each year in the United States, meaning that 1 in 4 women will face this issue in their lifetimes (Safe Horizon). In the last largest study on domestic violence it was found that intimate partner violence made up 20% of all nonfatal violent crime committed against women in 2001 and accounted for 33% of all female murders (American Bar Association). Two thirds of females killed by firearms were killed by their intimate partners and this is three times higher than the total number of males murdered by
Depression and other similar disorders lead to one attempting to commit or committing suicide. There are several warning flags for suicide, such as self-harm and suicidal ideation. In the LGBT community, it is believed that the increased stress is resulting from external and internalized homophobia and transphobia resulting in these self-destructive behaviors being so much more prevalent in the younger community than they are in the heterosexual cisgender community (McDermott p.815). Gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to ideate and attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers; lesbian and bisexual women are twice as likely (Mereish p.1). Transgender individuals are at an even higher risk, as half of the transgender participants reported suicidal ideation, and a quarter of them had reported attempting suicide (Johnson p.56).
Disability and Sexual Assault Intersectionality asserts that different groups of people experience inequalities and violence in unique ways. Sexual violence against women transpires in all regions of the world but some groups are often not included in discussions. Ableism was extremely apparent throughout the twentieth century in terms of the legal system. This control takes a drastically different form in current laws and discussions. A historical and contemporary analysis of the sexual assault and violence targeted toward disabled women, intersected with location and economic status, reveals the challenges in regards to laws and regulations, accessibility, and omissions in the feminist framework.