This is what the return of the Goddess means to me, just as much as the beautiful, nurturing, and contemplative. The Return of the Goddesss is also, and profoundly, the arising of women, who say, like the brilliant author Barbara Solnit, "Look at this. Take a good look at what it really is, how it's everywhere, and what it does. And it has to stop."
Misogyny kills."Santa Barbara is grieving after a 22-year-old man killed six college students just after posting a misogynistic video online vowing to take his revenge on women for sexually rejecting him. The massacre prompted an unprecedented reaction online with tens of thousands of women joining together to tell their stories of sexual violence, harassment and intimidation. By Sunday, the hashtag #YesAllWomen had gone viral. In speaking out, women were placing the shooting inside a broader context of misogynist violence that often goes ignored. In her new book, "Men Explain Things to Me," author and historian Rebecca Solnit tackles this issue and many others. "We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern," Solnit says. "Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender."
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- More than one in three women will experience rape, violence, and/or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
- Eighty-five percent of intimate partner violence victims are women.
- About three women are killed by their partners every day. One in 13 murder victims are killed by their intimate partners.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44. One in six women with bone or joint fractures is a recent victim of abuse.
- Violence is often paired with controlling behavior: women whose partners are jealous, controlling, or verbally abusive are significantly more likely to report rape, physical assault, and/or stalking from their partners.
- A domestic abuser who has access to a firearm is more than seven times more likely to kill his partner.
- Between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife. In nearly 60 percent of mass shootings during the same time period, the gunman killed a current or former spouse, partner, or other family member. In at least 17 incidents, the shooter had a prior domestic violence charge.
- The leading cause of death for women at the workplace is homicide, most often at the hands of an intimate partner.
- While the rate of intimate partner violence declined by 64 percent between 1994 and 2010, most of that decline came before 2001, and since then the fall has slowed and stabilized while the overall crime rate has kept dropping.
- Domestic violence support services get more than 75,000 requests for assistance on a typical day, but last year they had to turn away more than 9,000 people thanks to tight budgets.