A couple of wees ago, Alex and I had the honour of putting together this amazing shoot for Fame & Partners. The images turned out so strong and powerful that we wanted use them as an opportunity to talk about something bigger than the dress. We wanted this post to have more meaning and so I’ve chosen to talk to you about something dear to my heart. I want to talk about violence against women and I want to remind women that they are strong. All women have the power to take action and stand for themselves. We are strong and sometimes all we need is to be reminded of that.
The statistics below are flooring and I hope that one day whats worse is that most of these numbers are low due to the fact that women are afraid to take a stand for themselves. I hope I can encourage at least one of you to save yourselves from a life of abuse and take hold of the life you deserve. You deserve a life full of love. The real love, healthy, unconditional love. You deserve a partner who treats you as his equal and values your voice. Trust me they are out there. I was in your shoes once and if I didn’t have my friends and family encouraging me to be stronger, I wouldn’t be. That’s why I hope that by voicing this, I can maybe be the person that gives you the extra push you need to get on your feet again.
Statistics (taken from nellies.org)
-Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
-On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence.
-On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were murdered by a current or former spouse or boyfriend.
-Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.
-As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have called upon the Canadian government to take action on this issue, without success.
-In just one year in Canada, 427,000 women over the age of 15 reported they had been sexually assaulted. Since only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police, the actual number is much higher
-About 80% of sex trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls.
-61% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
-More than one in ten Canadian women say they have been stalked by someone in a way that made them fear for their life.
-The cost of violence against women in Canada for health care, criminal justice, social services, and lost wages and productivity has been calculated at $4.2 billion per year.