Violence Against Women Remains Endemic In The United States
What should be done to stop the violence?
- Duration 6:11
- Date Dec 19, 2011
What should be done to stop the violence?
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Well to try and topic but probably this is one of those ones where knowledge is power and it's something we need to talk about and we need to know about and we need to stop and it's violence against women in the United States.
So stunning statistics coming out in the last week.
And joining me now to talk about his chuck Williams.
Who is -- used psychology expert Drexel university in Philadelphia joining us from our affiliate fox -- thank you so much for being with us chuck.
Thanks for having me Jamie and I wish we could talk about like Christmas shopping or something bad exactly but this is this is -- -- reality you know yeah but we should be thinking about this actually -- there's a lot of women.
That are not in a safe way right now let me start with his first full screen sexual violence by any -- But sometimes it's the person that's closest to you right nearly one in five women 18%.
And one in 71 men.
171 man also in the US have been raped at some time in their lives.
Tell you why do you think this issue is important for us and what you've learned about it.
Well I think you know what's important is to realize that we're talking about a culture of violence in the US.
You know according to the national center.
-- injury prevention control five million women are assaulted every year five million either physically or sexually.
And what's it just think about that Jamie's at the majority of them are pretty young college age under the age of 25.
And they're not -- it usually because they don't tell people when these things happen because of shame and guilt.
What happens is because of this -- -- you create this cycle with things are repeated.
So you have women who are abused.
And sexually or physically then they have kids you know and they're learning as some of these things.
From their caregivers -- they go into relationships -- -- abusive or they allow people to abuse them and that's really key is that you create this sense of victim hood.
We have to fight against that especially as it relates to women sort of feeling like.
These things are -- to happen to me that men are threat to me that you know I can't have control over MySpace or my body we have to empower women to really.
Take charge of those things and to stand up for themselves.
-- I'm all for that the the one in 71 man.
What's their story.
Well you know that's very interesting because that was on a while back talking about the Penn State send dusty mess.
What we know about that is that's really hard challenge to address because -- as you can imagine don't want to talk about.
Being physically overpowered even if it includes sexual assault because was supposedly strong.
And tough it goes against the much he's -- that we find and our culture saw a lot of times it's sort of a hidden problem.
A hidden crisis -- epidemic but they carry that around so I would imagine.
That in many instances where you have domestic violence and I grew up in a situation where there was domestic violence in my home so I'm intimately familiar with this.
That man was probably abused or neglected.
-- mistreated in some way when he was growing up either as a young boy and a home or as part of -- some sort of a program in school or related to school as we saw on the Penn State case so we have to talk about this and we have to treat.
These -- because they lead to other problems like PT -- posttraumatic stress disorder.
Anxiety depression social withdrawal anger and their lives just aren't fulfilling because of that.
Yeah we definitely have to provide more resources for assistance.
Let me put up this other full screen it's interesting the impact of violence by an intimate partner.
Nearly three in ten women and one in ten men in the US have experience rape physical violence and are stocked game.
By an intimate partner so the question is what -- we do about it.
Education and education really starts very young.
It starts in the home.
It's about teaching boys and girls that there are bound to raise their limits to relationships that we don't physically overpowered each other.
That no means no it's sort of basic and corny but it's true.
That we all had control.
Over our bodies over our space it's about how kids see their parents treating each other so you grew up in a home when your -- not respected or your father is not respected and there's.
Physical violence -- more importantly a lack of respect and mutual positive regard.
You learn these dysfunctional things and he repeated so education and awareness is very important we can have programs in school where we talk about.
Education awareness and prevention we we learned that as I said there -- boundaries and limits.
How to talk about these things that I -- a lot of times with both boys and girls men and women.
These things happen in silence people don't want to admit.
That for example you're living with a spouse who's beating you were using new -- that he won another date last night.
And the person went further than you wanted them to go there's a lot of date rape situations taking place around our.
Colleges and campuses and that's our responsibility as a member of the faculty trips to university.
To educate our students about what's appropriate and what's not.
His Drexel taking any steps.
After the Penn State's down at all.
Well I think that -- like most institutions a very vigilant about this.
In fact I had a workshop at Drexel not to long ago where we talked about you know what we need to do to make sure our campus is -- that we had a decent quality of campus life.
And it really starts with empowering students as I -- to take control of their space just to talk about things that are appropriate and when they see things that are inappropriate being able to talk about that as well telling someone when they see things that are happening that that shouldn't happen and -- like what happened at Penn State.
Taking it to the highest authorities because we know that often times is always a cover up because we're trying to protect reputations of people who don't need to be protected.
Look this safety.
-- people come first especially of young people are college campuses and have children like 1012 years old as is the case I would imagine.
Allegedly with Penn State we have to do whatever we -- to be vigilant about keeping them safe from harm -- that starts with education.