Because I am a girl...
Being born a girl can be dangerous in all countries. Approximately one in three girls will be assaulted in their lifetime with an increased risk for abuse, domestic violence, child pornography, trafficking and rape. Women and children are violated, abused, and marginalized throughout the world. Girls involved in forced prostitution and pornography are increasingly getting younger and younger. Children of forced prostitution in the United States is escalating because of the huge profits generated by this dark business. Trafficking in women and children plagues the United States as much as it does in underdeveloped nations. Organized prostitution networks have migrated from metropolitan areas to small cities and suburbs. The demand is increasing because of easy access through the internet, social media, gangs and organized crime. 70-90% of Johns are married with no criminal record, and are gainfully employed. 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls are via the internet.
Strength of Woman
"One women can change anything, but many women can change everything"
Today across the world 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day. Sadly women are the poorest of that demographic, representing 70% who live in absolute poverty. That’s almost 1 billion women living on less than a dollar a day. This means they live a life of grinding poverty with few opportunities. Providing awareness and education, decreases a woman’s vulnerability to human trafficking, domestic violence, rape and HIV/AIDS. We believe passionately that economic opportunity holds the promise for real change in the world. When women have income they reinvest in themselves and their children's health, education and nutrition. This helps them build stronger families for generations to come.
The United Nations status on women says that they perform two-thirds of the work, receive one-tenth of its income, and own less than one-hundredth of its property. Measures to improve the status of women around the world and their quality of life, must be connected to various economic development programs.
Women contribute a great deal to the family and economy globally. In many countries woman participate in agriculture and backbreaking labor.
They also cook, clean, collect water, firewood, in addition to other grueling tasks. Their responsibilities also include bringing up the children, taking care of the elderly, their husbands and animals. It’s the women who contribute the most in many societies, so it is imperative that we protect and safeguard their rights.
A study shows that 75% of all women used in prostitution were victims of incest and/or physical abuse as children.
Foster and runaway children are especially at risk.
Estimates point out that every year a prostituted girl is raped 19 times, kidnapped 10 times, and beaten repeatedly.
55% of girls living on the streets engage in forced prostitution for basic survival.
Mariska Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson on Law and Order's Special Victims Unit, realized the terrible statistics of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Mariska then decided to start the, "Joyful Heart Foundation " to educate and raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence.
One of the major causes she is an advocate for, is to bring awareness to the huge backlog of rape kits that go untested throughout the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of kits go untested, and are in police evidence storage lockers, leaving victims without the ability to identify and prosecute their attacker.
Mariska started EndTheBacklog.org to bring awareness and combat the broken system that is causing rapists to walk free or recommit violent acts, due to the lack of evidence because rape kits aren't tested.
Domestic Violence Statistics
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
Around the world, at least one in every three women has been violated, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Often, the abuser is a member of her own family or spouse.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted helplines, shelters, or the police for help.
The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year. $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.