Violence Against Women and Me
I am the oldest of five children. Four of us are young women of color. And I can’t help but constantly worry about them and their life experiences. When it comes to violence against women, my worry grows. It is said that 1 in 4 women will experience abuse in any of its forms at least once in their life time. That means that one of my sisters, including myself would be a part of this statistic. So far, I am that statistic.
We are Shaima al-Awadi – an Iraqi-American mother beaten to death in a hate crime. This could be any one of us. And when you are a minority in any country, that probability increases. With Shaima’s face and story at the forefront of my mind this week, it would make sense that the current news on VAWA would spark my critical analysis.
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