Violence Against Women 's Violence

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Introduction Violence against women unfortunately is a very prevalent and critical issue in our society. It is a worldwide but still hidden problem. Freedom from the threat of harassment, battering, and sexual assault is a concept that most of us have a hard time imagining because violence is such a deep part of our cultures and our lives. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), it is estimated that 84,376 forcible rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2012, estimated at 52.9 per 100,000 female inhabitants (Uniform Crime Reporting [UCR], 2013). However, these rape statistics are actually much greater, due to the fact that many women do not report their rape and/or the violence and assault itself. Thirty years ago, most forms of violence against women were hidden under a cloak of silence or acceptance. As more and more women talked with each other in the recent wave of the women 's movement, it became apparent that violence against them occurred on a massive scale; that no woman was immune; and that family, friends, and public institutions have been cruelly insensitive about it. We have made great strides in the last thirty years, in regards to policy reformation and public awareness concerning domestic violence, abuse and rape to name a few. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, signed into law by President, Barrack Obama on March 7th, 2013, seeks to further protect women and other “at risk” populations including, gays, lesbians,
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