With access to abortion care within the U.S under constant attack, immediate and comprehensive federal legislation to protect the reproductive rights of women within our nation must be a first priority.
Under usual circumstances, risk factors for violence perpetration include job loss, economic stress, substance abuse, depression and feelings of isolation; all of these issues have worsened as the pandemic has continued. As a result, intimate partner violence and femicide have increased dramatically.
To end violence in society, we must address the drivers: the perpetrators of violence who are most often men and boys.
Women in the U.S., now facing down anti-abortion laws across the country and a domestic gag rule replicating the dangerous policies the Trump administration administers abroad, find themselves considering a dismal future for their reproductive health and rights—and wondering what life under an abortion ban would look like. They don’t have to look far.
After reading a few essays from Roxane Gay’s new edited volume, “Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture,” I felt a deep unease. Halfway through, I realized I needed to tell my story—even if rape culture instructs me not to.
Dying as a woman is different than dying because you are a woman—but we lack the scientifically sound and comparable data on femicide we need to prevent the most extreme form of gender-based violence.