The Issues

Violence and abuse against women and girls is not a single issue

Violence and abuse against women and girls is not a single issue, but covers a range of behaviours and traditions, all of which negatively impact all aspects of woman’s safety and security. Anyone can be a victim, no matter her economic status, culture or religion. The identity of the perpetrators also takes on many forms, ranging from intimate partners, to parents, community leaders and strangers of both genders.

The consequences of abuse can be catastrophic, threatening not just a woman’s physical and mental health, but also that of her children[1]. On a wider scale, the repercussions of this harm for a society are immense due to the demands it places on public resources and the victims’ ability to fully participate economically[2].

As a Christian organisation, we also believe that this violence and abuse is a distortion of how God intended relationships between men and women to be. The book of Genesis tells of the breakdown in this relationship as a result of the first sin: we believe that this split is still apparent today in the many ways women and men stand opposed.

Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.

By United Nations

FGM

FGM

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken*
Rape

Rape

Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour*
Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

31% of young women aged 18-24 report having experienced sexual abuse in childhood. At least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime*
Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

1 in every 4 women in the UK, and 1 in every 3 women globally, will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime*
Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales*
Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. The most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation*
Honour Violence

Honour Violence

There are approximately 12 -15 reported honour killings per year in the United Kingdom*
Gender-Selective Abortion

Gender-Selective Abortion

Despite being illegal, the abortion of female foetuses continues to be advertised in India. Conservative estimates state that more than 25 million girls have been aborted in India since ultrasound scanners became available*
Sexual War Crimes

Sexual War Crimes

Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda*
Enforced Child Marriage

Enforced Child Marriage

1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday, often to a much older man*
Spiritual Abuse

Spiritual Abuse

The behaviour of a minority within faith-based communities, who use religious belief systems to authenticate or endorse their abusive behaviour. An appreciation of this form of abuse has only recently moved into the mainstream, with no religion seemingly exempt.

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