Domestic violence against women in France …

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 24 (2010) is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 25 (2010) is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Far I am from being a Moaning Minnie about the equality of the sexes, and neither do I take up causes, be it about saving crocodiles or that rats are really nice creatures.

I’m not taking up any cause today either, but it is worth mentioning the following.

Those dashing French men in their elegant black suits, they also beat their wives or partners. And they rape too.

Here are some police statistics.

In 2009 (the most recent statistics) 9842 women have reported that they had been victim to violence from spouses, partners, lovers, male relatives or male friends. Of these women 5261 were underage.  Also, in 2007 and 2008, 150,000 women had been raped: in other words, 75,000 every year, or 205 every day. Two-hundred and five every day! And 0.7% of them were aged between 18 and 75. Seventy-five – imagine.

In July 2003, at the Ninth Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva, Switzerland, it was pointed out that despite France’s strict legislation concerning the elimination of violence on women and to promote the equality of women, violence and discrimination against women were still widespread in this country. It was then already pointed out that one in ten women were victims of domestic violence (this includes rape) and that each month six women died here as a result of domestic violence.

Another organization, Enveff  (Enquête National sur les Violences Enver les Femmes en France) undertook a survey more recently which showed that women under the age of twenty-five were more likely to report male violence against them than older women. The reason is that young women are less likely to accept male domination; older women put up and shut up. (Until 1946 a woman was still subservient to a man by law, and universal suffrage had also only become law in that year.)

The police do however point out that the above statistics could be unreliable because so many women do not report domestic violence. Many are ashamed to do so, or they fear retaliation from the violent spouse or lover. Or they still love the bastard and do not want him to do time in jail. What else is there to say?

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

3 Responses

11-24-2010 at 13:51:45

Bravo, Marilyn!

11-26-2010 at 13:38:49

Disturbing statistics. And I think that it’s happening to a lot more young women here than is being reported. I don’t know about Paris, but in the south, I’ve seen a lot of ‘machismo’ culture.

8-24-2013 at 19:26:59

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August 24, 2013

Re: “Let Her Go, Nationwide Day of Rallies for Marissa Alexander”

To Whom It May Concern:,

While pregnant, Marissa Alexander was battered by her husband. On August 1 2010, her premature baby girl, born nine days earlier was in the Baptist South N.I.C.U. fighting for her life while Marissa fought for life in her own home against an attacker – her husband, and for this she received a 20-year sentence in May 2012. She is currently sitting in the Lowell Annex Facility for Women in Ocala, Florida awaiting her second trial.

“Support for Marissa Alexander” started as a Facebook® a private person’s support site on April 3, 1012 “Support for Marissa Alexander” is hosting an “International and National Day of Rallies” supporting Marissa’s eventual day of freedom and exoneration of all charges that were leveled at her. The event is scheduled for September 14th, Marissa’s birthday. The event “Let Her Go, Nationwide Day of Rallies for Marissa Alexander” is taking place on September 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM respective of geological time zones. We warmly welcome your support for Marissa Alexander and all victims of Domestic Violence.

As you see from our website below this is open organizing which means all one has to do is choose a location in their city and then let us know, we’ll add it to the list. Having gone international, already news of the “Let Her Go, Nationwide Day of Rallies for Marissa Alexander” has spread beyond the borders of the United States as England and Scotland are planning their own rallies and protest marches. We need supporters to organize locally to get rallies going, and we will help by compiling a list of locations and spreading the word.

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We speak with one voice and our goal is set in reality. We will set Marissa Alexander free. We intend to let loose our dust as it clouds the skies in preparation for September 14, 2013. We will scream from our rooftops if we need to. Our ‘event’ comes from the same breath and willingness to go the distance as we all have witnessed during the Arab Spring. “A change is gonna come” only when those whose hearts feel convicted to stand up and shout, ‘ENOUGH! WE ARE NOT TAKING THIS ANYMORE,’ and do what they can in support of Marissa Alexander. Even though I am but one voice, I await the choir, I do realize that I am but a mere fiber in this web of life where we are all connected in some way, whether or not we choose to believe it.

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