Then the problems in their relationship began. When I texted her asking her to tell him it was true, he said I was trying to make him look mad.
Since then, young activists have made very well-meaning attempts to widen the conversation to include the way gun violence manifests in communities of color. Those efforts while noble, have unfortunately only aided in further narrowing the conversation and separating communities along party and color lines.
Simply put, it lacks real intersectionality. There are many other factors that make gun violence a problem for everyone of every background. We know that women are affected by gun violence Women as victims of violence all its forms.
By reframing the conversation around women, in full recognition of our multiple and intersecting identities, the full scope of the problem of gun violence can be seen and intersectional advocacy can be pursued.
We need a closer inspection into what solutions actually make women and people of color safe. Intimate partner violence affects women of all races, religions, ages and abilities. That violence is five times more likely to kill us if our intimate partner has access to a gun. In Detroit, pregnant mother Siwatu-Salama Ra sits in jail awaiting sentencing for merely brandishing a registered firearm to defend herself, her mother and her 2-year-old daughter from an attack.
Mothers of black and brown children also have to face the very real fear that their children will not be safe from those sworn to protect and serve.
The presence of police in schools has not made students safer, but it has increased arrests for students of color and video footage has also shown shocking brutality from law enforcement officers inside of schools towards students of color.
One such viral video shows a teenage black girl in South Carolina being tackled and flipped upside down while sitting in her desk, simply for not putting her phone away when instructed. Of course, gun violence homicides within communities of color are a problem that should be taken seriously.
All of this is why we need a closer inspection into what solutions actually make women and people of color safe and not increase their potential to be victimized.
Diversity within advocacy groups are a requirement for real change. The communities that are well-known for being plagued by gun violence are also the places where people of color are creating innovative methods of conflict resolution and violence intervention.
We need full transparency to prevent the co-opting of the stories of people of color.
Organizations who claim to be doing the work must be held accountable, making sure that serious investments are also going into a diverse set of communities. This is why diversity within advocacy groups is a requirement for real change.
We have to create meaningful space for a wide range of stakeholders to be included in addressing and creating solutions that will help make all of our communities safer and not just a privileged few. Just like the problem is intersectional, so too are the solutions to strengthen and protect our communities.
We need to encourage our elected representatives to say no to more police in schools, which has not made students any safer.
Funding priorities should look like effective violence intervention and prevention programs and more support for women who experience intimate partner violence. Only when the decision-making tables are truly reflective of the many communities that make up America will our policy solutions be truly reflective of the many manifestations of this terrible problem.Women and Girls Experience Sexual Violence at High Rates Millions of women in the United States have experienced rape.
As of , an estimated million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape. 5. Globally, the victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women, and women tend to experience more severe forms of violence.   They are also likelier than men to use intimate partner violence in self-defense.
. Domestic violence can happen in any relationship, regardless of ethnic group, income level, religion, education or sexual orientation.
Abuse may occur between a married people, or between an. In Columbia, about 20 per cent of the patients in a Bogota hospital were victims of marital violence. In India, five women are burned in dowry-related disputes each day, according to the official figures, although the number estimated by activist groups is much higher.
2 in 5 lesbian women, 3 in 5 bisexual women, and 1 in 3 heterosexual women will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
(CDC, ) 1 in 4 gay men, 1 in 3 bisexual men, and 3 in 10 heterosexual men will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Female Victims of Violence Table 1. Violence by intimate partners, by type of crime and gender of the victims, • Men were more likely than women to be k illed by strangers.
Am ong male homicide vic- Female Victims of Violence 5 Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Cases in Large.