As domestic violence awareness month comes to a close I am disappointed and frustrated with the local and national media. Throughout the month there has been story after story of a domestic violence situation, some ending in death. While the news media reported on the shooting, stabbing, etc, not once did I hear them mention the fact that it was Domestic Violence Awareness Month or the prevalence. With the numbers of viewers they have they missed a huge opportunity to educate the public and let victims know they are not alone and provide information for resources.
Just a couple of weeks ago a man killed 3 people including his wife just 3 days after she obtained a restraining order. Four other women were also shot but survived. This was news all over the country. Granted, I do not see or read all the news, but nowhere did I hear anything about the seriousness, lethality, or availability of resources.
We have to ask ourselves…is it because there have been too many other big news stories? Other things that are more important…maybe the upcoming election? Or is it that we still blame women for being in an abusive relationship?
I’ll be stepping down from my soapbox, at least for now 😉 . My intention is not to bring people down. But when 3+ women die everyday in this country at the hands of someone they’ve cared about, we cannot pretend it doesn’t exist.
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