"Sexual violence affects almost every single family in America, and ending these crimes means continuing to elevate the national conversation around sexual harassment and assault," .. Scott Berkowitz, President - Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
For those of us who still like to think of America as being a light unto the world for political and religious freedom, it was very disturbing to hear the terrible stories of the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. Equally as disturbing was the nation's general reaction of indifference to the plea from these victims for justice and reform.
The context and detail of these creditable case stories by the year 2018 were so alarming that the Thomson Reuters Foundation was prompted to commission a survey*, be done in March of that year, to get a "global" view of how women world-wide were doing in situations similar to those occurring on American streets, and in our homes, businesses and churches.
Reuters asked 550 global experts on women's issues to rank the 193 United Nations member states in terms of the "overall risks faced by women in those countries, specifically regarding healthcare, access to economic resources, customary practices, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking."*
Many of the worst nation cultures of the past that have been consistently dangerous for women to live in filled out the top 10 list as expected, with one glaring exception: the United States was ranked #10 and it was the only western country to be so judged as being among the 10 most dangerous countries for women to live.
Even more shocking was the ranking of the USA as #3, equal to that of Syria, in terms of violent sexual and non-sexual assaults against women.*
Rightly so, many Christians are now asking in 2020 for solutions to effect dramatic change, as well as for answers to their question of "how on earth did America morality degrade to this point?" The answers are many, solutions are few and very little public concern or action is on the table.
As a way forward toward for solution, many activists point to better law enforcement, new and stricter controls over consumption of alcohol and drugs, and a much higher accountability and more oversight of employers, church leaders and all others involved where high numbers of sexual assaults and harassment are still commonly occurring.
If you are concerned too, then your voice and opinions would be welcomed among those heard in the national conversation who have began awareness conversations their own sphere of influence and made their opinions known to all who will listen.
The reversal of our culture of violence toward women cannot be accomplished in one generation, but it can be done over time.
Our culture of violence toward women must end, and our former national reputation as the world standard for "justice for all" to be restored. Let us pray that it does
Please read the Reuters article/post: Factbox: "Which are the world's 10 most dangerous countries for women?" by Belinda Goldsmith for further details and facts. Then Google to see how college aged males feel about accountability concerning rape to get an insight into the national prevailing male attitude.
The 2018 ranking of the top 10 most dangerous countries for women to live are:
1. India 2. Afghanistan 3. Syria (the USA holds #3 as well for sexual and non-sexual violence toward women) 4. Somalia 5. Saudi Arabia 6. Pakistan 7. Democratic Republic of Congo 8. Yemen 9. Nigeria 10. United States of America
* Factbox: "Which are the world's 10 most dangerous countries for women?" Reported by Belinda Goldsmith @BeeGoldsmith, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 06/25/2018, Reuters.com