Domestic violence is characterized by repetitive acts, physical or/and psychological, aimed at controlling the other person.
It’s estimated that half of all women in Canada have experienced or will experience at least one incident of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Approximately, every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Yes, Canada has a domestic violence issue.
“Treating another human with respect isn’t complicated, but it seems a bit confusing for a lot of men out there,” Tracee Ellis Ross said.
For example, a jealous Montreal man, Ahmad Nehme, killed his wife by stabbing her repeatedly in front of their teenage daughter. He murdered her because he mistakingly thought she was cheating on him and fed up of his jealousy she asked for a divorce. Even if he wasn’t mistaken, it would still not give him license to kill. This is another case of domestic violence which ended up in murder.
Another example is a Calgary man who strangled his wife because she insulted him in an argument. They were in the process of a breakup when she said that she wished she’d never married him in the heat of the argument. He then buried her body in the backyard, because that way she would never leave him.
I loathe these types of men, but the sad, sad reality is that so many of them exist.
Sexual harassment has been experienced by a majority of women and it’s unacceptable. There is never an excuse for sexual assault and harassment. It’s time for that to end! Let’s teach girls that they are not weak and boys that rape is not an option.
We don’t punish domestic abusers enough. Our current justice system only traumatizes and re-victimizes all survivors of abuse who have the courage to report the crimes committed against them. Outdated laws and uneducated law enforcement officials either won’t or don’t know how to, properly investigate reports of domestic violence. Every day, thousands of people are suffering at the hands of our justice system,
Like countless other issues in the world, I hope we rise from the sidelines to rediscover that collectively, the world is in our hands.