1 in 6 Women Raped In Oregon
(Update): NOW reports economy having dire affect on domestic violence: http://www.now.org/issues/violence/090309cadv.html
This is a truly staggering statistic. In the last five years, 1 in 6 women have been raped, 50% of which are below the age of 17. More disturbing: sexual assault crimes make up 1/3 of all reported crimes statewide.
What is the cost to society? $50 Million dollars per year. Law enforcement spends $35 million dollars of the total $50 million on health/treatment related costs alone.
Even more disturbing are the domestic violence statistics. From 2007 to 2008 the number of denied shelter requests rose from 14,739 to 19,996.. a 36% increase in one year.
My heart is breaking for every one of those 19,996 women and children who could not get the help they so desperately need. Any person who requests shelter from violence has already taken the tremendous step to get out; trust me, this is not easy. To be denied at this point is disgusting. Where do they go?
Back to the abuse.
And research shows that shelter access reduces abuse by a huge margin: 70%.
How did Oregon get here? With funds cut from all areas , taxes rising, the state now #1 in unemployment at well above 10%, the most vulnerable citizens are affected the most.
I could go on for days, for right now, I'm just stunned, and deeply saddened.
Find a shelter and donate. Even 10 bucks, you literally could be saving a life.