Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence is a pattern of one person trying to dominate or control another person.  This involves different types of abusive ways.

Physical Abuse:  pushing, kicking, strangling or any other physical violence.

Sexual Abuse:  forceful sex, sexual assaults, sexual threats and many others.

Emotional Abuse:  threats, manipulation, lies, stalking, name calling, etc.

Economic Abuse:  denying access to bank accounts and other financial platforms.

  • Domestic Violence is an underrated crime as it mostly happens behind closed doors.
  • On average, every 1 in 3 females and every 1 in 5 males experience physical assault by their partners.
  • In the United States as many as 24 people a minute become victims of stalking, physical attack or rape.

Global Initiatives

Human Trafficking

  • Human Trafficking is modern day slavery which includes both commercial sex and labor trafficking.
  • Florida ranks 3rd in the United States. In human trafficking cases reported behind only California and Texas.
  • Human trafficking in the 2nd largest criminal activity behind drugs, which is a $150 billion a year industry. $99 billion is from sexual exploitation.
  • In Florida, most victims are in the hospitality tourism industry, agriculture or are young girls involved in the sex trade.
  • Between 100,000-300,000 teens are sold for sex each year in the United States.
  • Human trafficking is defined under Florida law, as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion.

Recognize the Combined Signs of Human Trafficking

Physical

Verbal

  • Branding-scars, burns or tattoos
  • Lacks healthcare / malnourished
  • Serious dental issues
  • Disoriented or confused
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Responds as if coached
  • Allows someone else to talk
  • Reluctant to discuss their injuries
  • Fearful, anxious or paranoid
  • Brags about having money

Ending Child Marriage

Child marriage is any formal or informal union where one or both of the parties are under 18 years old, according to Girls Not Brides.  Early and forced marriage happens across countries, cultures and religions.  Each year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18.

It is estimated that 650 million women alive today were married as girls.  Child brides are often pulled out of school and are at a greater risk of violence, being trapped in poverty and serious health complications or even death due to early pregnancy.

  • Globally, one is five girls were married before age 18.
  • About 250 million women were married before age 15.
  • Girls with no education are three times as likely to marry by 18 as those with a secondary or higher education.
  • 90% of adolescent pregnancies in the developing world are to girls who are already married.
  • Girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are twice as likely to die in childbirth as women in their 20s. Newborn children of younger mothers face greater risks of dying.
  • Early marriage doubles a teenager’s chances of living in poverty and triples the likelihood she will be beaten by her spouse, compared to married adults.

Education

Education is a human right.  It has the power to save and improve the lives of women and girls, which leads to healthier families and stronger communities.

Receiving an education makes girls less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives.  Educated girls earn higher incomes, participate in decisions affecting and building better futures for themselves and their families.

Investing in the education of women and girls yields high returns, such as breaking cycles of poverty, fostering economic growth and empowering women both in the home and workplace.