20% of women who have been sexually assaulted as adults
35% of women who have been physically abused by their intimate partner as adults
The 12% of girls who were sexually assaulted before they were 15
15% of women experience violence at the hands of their partner during their pregnancy, for half of those women the violence first starts during the pregnancy
Domestic Violence causes the greatest risk of disease and premature death in the 15-44 year age bracket
More than one woman is killed every week by her current or former partner in Australia.
The vast majority of these crimes are perpetrated by men. Violence against women in Australia is a gender issue, it is a feminist issue.
So no, there is no `sensationalism and misguided whinging' when it comes to women being disadvantaged. We ARE disadvantaged by virtue of our sex, we are far more likely to be physically, emotionally or sexually abused than a man, and the cherry on top is we are more likely to be murdered in our own homes. These actions come about because of the life choices and actions of the perpetrator, not the victim (woman).
Your simple summary shows gob smacking ignorance.
My DH works on commercial building sites. They're huge, thousands of workers/tradies - in 3 years he's seen 1 female tradie. The day she stepped on site all anybody commented on was how she looked, whether they'd fu$& her or whether she was a lesbian. Sexism is rife in many workplaces and that's another reason there's inequality.
Sure, part of it is how you overcome those barriers, be it through resilience, persistence, stubbornness, etc., but those external factors are still there for many people, and those all add up to something called social pressure.
I think you're a top chick VP, and we all know secretly you have a heart of gold that even bleeds a little sometimes :-), but I think you're way off the money with that statement...
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