It’s Time For a Virtual Memorial Wall
We as a human race like to remember our fallen, our hurt, and our tragedies. With goodness in our hearts we have monuments to Holocaust victims and survivors (approximately 6 million people); WW II casualties (Approximately 480 thousand Americans and millions of others throughout the world); Vietnam Veterans (approximately 280 thousand Americans and Allies); 9/11 victims (approximately 3000 people); and victims of school shootings.
I understand and support the need to remember the tragedies in our lives. I love the thought of people caring enough to keep the memories alive. But let me ask… where is the memorial wall for the victims of rape, sexual assault and physical abuse?
There are over 250 thousand REPORTED rape cases reported each and every year. If you believe the statistic that 80% of all rape cases go unreported the number is even more daunting. Even if you just assume only half of them get reported, that’s half a million victims each and every year. In the US alone approximately 1500 women die each and every year at the hands of their abuser.
As part of the FBOM project and Eyes of Justice series, I’ve added a page to Embosso.net to remember these victims as the news comes to light. There is no wall large enough to hold the names of the victims. There is no memorial that could be built to honor their lives and give them the respect they deserve but until we start to acknowledge that rape is a violation of humanity, and a tragedy like any other violent act, these numbers will remain.
We, as a human race, have shamed the victims; forgotten the fallen, and done little to recognize this “war” of dominance that has gone on for all of recorded history. It’s time to start remembering.
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