Stop violence at home first

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2005

What has puzzled and troubled me from the very beginning of the "war on terror" campaign and the supposed goal of creating security in the Middle East, and liberating women, is that our own country is one of the most dangerous societies in the world, in many ways, especially for women.

For those of you who may be unaware, each year in the United States 1,232 women are killed by an intimate partner, and 4,500,000 women are physical assaulted each year (American Institute for Domestic Violence.)

The terror does not end there. In 2002-2003, there were an average of 223,280 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted (RAINN.org.)

American women are far from liberated and most of us live in an environment that constantly condones violence against us through derogatory language, images and stereotypes. If the Bush administration wants a war to fight, let it be to create safety here, in our own backyard first, before taking up the slogan of liberating Third World women/people, because as long as there's injustice, anywhere, there will be instability.

Shireen Soltani

Auke Bay



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