VAW Across Cultures

From the Canberra Times:

A new report suggests one in five ACT teenagers has witnessed an act of domestic violence against their mother or stepmother.

The report, which looks at the issue of family violence and the perceptions of young people, shows Canberra teenagers are among the 500,000 young people around the country to witness violence at home.

The An Assault on our Future report will be issued by the White Ribbon Foundation today .

It shows nearly a third of teenage boys nationally believe that violence against women is “not a big deal” with a similar number believing “most physical violence occurs because a partner provoked it”.

Report co-author and researcher Michael Flood said the findings echoed the experience of many people working in the field.

He said the attitudes of some young men were being negatively influenced by parents, peers, the media and pornography and the study the results showed a need for more targeted campaigns against family violence.

“It is remarkable that a substantial minority of young males thinks violence against women is OK in some circumstances when she’s led you on or she’s flirting,” he said.

The report showed a large number of girls had experienced sexual assault or attempted rape, and nearly a third of Year 10 girls reported having experienced unwanted sex.

“I was surprised just how common it is for girls and young women in particular for girls or young women to be pressured or forced into sex,” Dr Flood said.

What kind of a researcher is Dr. Michael Flood that he hasn’t heard how common it is “for girls or young women to be pressured or forced into sex”?  WTF?!  And “unwanted sex”?  Hmmmmmm.

And from The Daily Star (Bangladesh):

The UNFPA report on the state of the world population this year finds that the concept of gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, often does not resonate within the Bangladeshi society and is not readily identified, even among many victims themselves.

The report also mentioned that those who do recognise themselves as survivors of violence often remain silent because of the dishonor associated with this taboo.

This must be due to the fact that 80% of Bangladesh’s population is Muslim.  They just have no respect for women in Islamic countries. 

2 thoughts on “VAW Across Cultures

  1. The very first thing you have up here today has struck a chord in my soul! I love teenagers and have worked with many troubled ones for years on a volunteer basis. Each and every teen I knew who was violent came from a situation of violence and neglect. Then people have the audacity to moan that same old “what’s the matter with kids today” lament. Or they try to blame it on video games or television or the schools. I know what’s wrong with kids–the adults in their lives. Sure, society has a negative impact, but it’s especially negative when there are no role models for the teens at home. It’s amazing how much influence we have on teenagers!

    I have also seen the chilling attitude that teen boys (and even girls) have about violence against women. I have heard the very same things they say come from adults, even their parents. For example, a “joke” about giving a woman a black eye. It is chilling.

    Yes, violence and pornography is all around us. But if parents make the effort to offset that and teach their children, it can be overcome. The teens who don’t have these positive models aren’t necessarily “bad.” They’re reacting in the only way they know how.

    Wow…thanks for another awesome post!!! You really know how to get my gears turning.

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