Editors note: The following was written by Regis Giles
Females, I have breaking news for our gender. We are in no way as strong as men physically, considering that we are talking about the average size of most human beings. That’s right I said it. As far as Mother Nature is concerned we stand at a biological disadvantage when it comes to strength. This makes the reality of a violent crime committed against our gender much more likely than that of the opposite sex. Duh.
One of the most recent crimes against a woman, that is now being nationally recognized, is Lauren Spierer’s missing person case. On June 3rd 2011, Lauren was last seen walking home alone from a night out with her friends. She stands at 4 feet 11inches and has blonde hair and blue eyes.
In a recent discovery, the police thought they had found Miss Spierer’s body floating in Fall Creek, close to where Lauren lives, but instead it was yet another victimized woman.
So to reiterate, in the search for Lauren, the police found a decomposing body in a creek which they thought to be her. Am I the only one out here who thinks that is insane? Now not only do police have a missing person to find, they also have to figure out what happened to the poor girl found in the creek. This illustrates my point perfectly concerning the need for women to rise up against the apparent covert war going on against the more delicate half of the human race.
In the year 2005 approximately 3 women were killed every day in the United States, and in 2006 about 600 women were raped or sexually assaulted each day. Why aren’t more people calling women to action? Why aren’t more women taking the necessary steps to protecting their own lives?
Ladies, just because we are smaller and weaker than men does not mean we have to be sitting ducks for violent crimes.
There are plenty of organizations out there who help raise awareness for violent crimes committed against women such as womenshealth.gov and takebackthenight.org, yet they lack a certain crucial step in their curriculum and that is PREVENTION! Sure, they are there after the someone has been victimized but what about avoiding the victimization in the first place. It is estimated that over 8.5 billion dollars of tax payer’s money is spent every year dealing with crimes against women. These costs include everything from law enforcement to medical and counseling expenses. We could see a large reduction in these expenses if women just simply learned how to defend themselves.