Abuse can take many forms. It happens through use of physical force, emotionally harmful statements, sexual exploitation, financial means to harm, manipulation, or control. Abuse affects individuals of every community, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, and race.
Abuse is not just an individual issue, it’s a community issue. Mass media and cultural standards often normalize domestic violence, particularly against womxn. In fact, 1 in 4 womxn will experience abuse in their lifetime.
By acknowledging the pervasiveness of domestic violence and sexual abuse, their harmful effects, and the influences that reinforce violence against womxn, we can take the first steps towards a safer, healthier future for everyone.
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