The U.N.’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean released a report this week that finds that up to 40% of women in Latin America were victims of physical violence. The number for emotional abuse is even higher.
The report states that “a close relationship exists between inequality, discrimination and violence against women.”
“Further, violence against women gains strength from and is promoted by the persistence of the balance of power that takes [from women] possibilities to exercise economic, political and physical autonomy.”
Laura Carrera, Mexico’s national commissioner for the prevention of violence against women said ”Trafficked, sold, exploited for sexual reasons; excluded from employment and school because they are pregnant; discriminated or attacked for not hewing to masculine criteria…. Violence against women does not distinguish among social class, origin, generation, color of skin nor creed”.
As is the case with children in many parts of the world, women are treated as second class ..continue reading
Thursday, November 26th, 2009   12:15 pm | Author: Isabelle | Life, Religion
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A sad story on Thanksgiving day. A report released in May of 2009 details 70 years of child abuse allegations by the Church in Ireland.
A New York Times article today explains that “The Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities covered up clerical child abuse until the mid-1990s”.
“The Dublin Archdiocese’s pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets,” the report said.
“The welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin apologized Thursday in a news conference. “No words of apology can be sufficient,” he said.
The report states that “… it is abundantly clear … that child ..continue reading
There is a big problem when a parent gets to the point where they can not control themselves and abuses, hurts or kills their own child.
Another story just broke about a woman in Texas, 33 year old Otty Sanchez who is alleged to have killed her 3 1/2 week old baby by decapitation yesterday. She claims that the devil made her do it. The police found that Sanchez tried to kill herself after her baby’s death.
Well advertised national hot-lines should be available for any parent to call if they are overwhelmed and need to be “talked down” before something horrendous like this happens. If they don’t already exist on-line help sites that are staffed 24/7 should also be available for anyone who wants help via the Internet.
Better support provisions for postpartum depression should be established and there should be mandatory review of this with all parents before birth.
Mandatory parenting instructions, ..continue reading
Is the taser replacing communication in a police officer’s arsenal of tools to use to talk a situation down?
Yesterday a 42 year old pastor of a church in Texas was tasered by a police officer. There are two sides to this story. The police claim that the pastor came out into the church parking lot and started to yell at an officer who was directing traffic and then pushed him. A second officer came and tasered the pastor. The pastor’s son tells a different story. According to him the pastor went to the officer to ask if he could help. The officer yelled at him. The pastor returned to the church and the officer followed, broke a door down and tasered the pastor.
In early June a police officer tasered a 72 year old great grandmother, also in Texas. He claimed that after he pulled her over for speeding she would ..continue reading