Gender-Based Violence

Violence against women occurs around the world and not just in someone else’s backyard. Domestic violence is universal. In war torn areas of the world, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, violent rape is used as a weapon of war, and some estimate that 2 million women have been raped in the DRC at a rate of one woman a minute. Similar tactics have been used in Darfur, Sudan. In some countries, such as India, women are further traumatized by the medical examination after assault as well as biased legal proceedings. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1 in 5 women in the U.S. have been raped in their lifetime. Violence against women is rooted in a failure to see the inherent dignity and beauty of God’s reflected image in each woman.

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