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Ray Rice V Lorena Bobbitt: Domestic Violence Has No Gender

by | 9th, September 2014

Lorena Bobbitt, flanked by her attornies James Lowe, left, and Lisa Kemler, meets reporters outside court in Manassas, Va., Monday, Feb. 28, 1994. A judge ordered her release from a mental hospital, five weeks after her acquittal on reason of insanity for cutting off her husband's penis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Date: 28/02/1994

Lorena Bobbitt, flanked by her attornies James Lowe, left, and Lisa Kemler, meets reporters outside court in Manassas, Va., Monday, Feb. 28, 1994. A judge ordered her release from a mental hospital, five weeks after her acquittal on reason of insanity for cutting off her husband John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Date: 28/02/1994

 

 A FEW thoughts on domestic violence from Jezebel, revisited in light of the Ray Rice story:

“According to a study of relationships that engage in nonreciprocal violence, a whopping 70% are perpetrated by women. So basically that means that girls are beating up their BFs and husbands and the dudes aren’t fighting back. With Amy Winehouse busting open a can of whupass on her husband last week, we decided to conduct an informal survey of the Jezebels to see who’s gotten violent with their men. After reviewing the answers, let’s just say that it’d be wise to never ever fuck with us.”

Nice.

The White House press secretary Josh Earnest had this to say on Rice:

“…this administration and this president do believe strongly that the scourge of violence against women needs to be combated…. violence against women “is not and cannot be tolerated.”

Karen Ingala Smith – the CEO of the charity which I chair, Nia – has maintained a list of every woman killed by a man in this country. Yesterday, she wrote about beheadings. As well as Judith Nibbs and Tahira Ahmed, she has recorded others:

Last year, in June, Reema Ramzan, 18, was decapitated by boyfriend, Aras Hussain, 21. The year before, in October 2012, Catherine Gowing, 39, was decapitated and raped by serial rapist Clive Sharp, 47. In March the same year Elizabeth Coriat, 76, was decapitated by her son Daniel Coriat, 43; earlier the same month, Gemma McCluskie, 29, had been decapitated by her brother Tony McCluskie, 36.

Karen Ingala Smith:

 “Between April 2001 and March 2012 . . . 31.8 per cent of homicide victims were women, 68.2 per cent were men. 6.1 per cent of people convicted of murder were women, 93.9 per cent were men”.

Men are more prone to kill then women are.

Cathy Young investigates:

Violence by women causes less harm due to obvious differences in size and strength, but it is by no means harmless. Women may use weapons, from knives to household objects—including highly dangerous ones such as boiling water—to neutralize their disadvantage, and men may be held back by cultural prohibitions on using force toward a woman even in self-defense.

In his 2010 review, Straus concludes that in various studies, men account for 12% to 40% of those injured in heterosexual couple violence. Men also make upabout 30% of intimate homicide victims—not counting cases in which women kill in self-defense. And women are at least as likely as men to kill their children—more so if one counts killings of newborns—and account for more than half of child maltreatment perpetrators…

The February CDC study found that, over their lifetime, 44% of lesbians had been physically assaulted by a partner (more than two-thirds of them only by women), compared to 35% of straight women, 26% of gay men, and 29% of straight men. While these figures suggest that women are somewhat less likely than men to commit partner violence, they also show a fairly small gap. The findings are consistent with other evidence that same-sex relationships are no less violent than heterosexual ones.

Domestic violence is wrong no matter the gender.



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