Yup. Someone took our poster about date violence and #NotAllMen-ed the hell out of it.
In light of this, I thought I’d share a helpful resource for anyone working with youth in NYC. It’s called Day One, and it exists to end dating abuse and domestic violence. These kinds of violence are serious issues, not just in NYC, but in the country at large.
- In a study of young women seeking family planning services, 53% of young women reported experiencing physical or sexual partner violence.
- Women aged 16-24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence, triple the national average.
- A woman is more likely to be injured, raped or killed by a current or former partner than by any other person.
- Girls reported that their dating partners were the ones who started the abuse 70% of the time; whereas boys reported their dating partners to be initiators of abuse only 27% of the time. The boys were much more likely to state that they initiated incidents. For boys reporting they had been subject to a partner’s use of physical violence, 17% percent reported that the reason for this violence was because they (i.e. the boys) had been making sexual advances toward the dating partner.
Check out some of Day One’s very helpful guides here.
And remember, gentlemen, if your only response to violence against women is “WELL WHAT ABOUT ME!?!?!?”, you need to reevaluate your priorities. You don’t need to be the center of every single discussion.
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid