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Spreading the Word: Girls Born in Canada Face 50% Chance of Abuse

Spreading the Word: Girls Born in Canada Face 50% Chance of Abuse

A new ad campaign by the Canadian Women’s Foundation demonstrates the reality that many girls born in the country face – poverty and abuse.

The organization says that a girl growing up in Canada has a 1 in 2 chance of being physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. The message of the campaign? “It’s tougher than you think.”

The Foundation’s manager of marketing and communications, Sarah Barker, said they decided to launch the campaign because: “We’ve noticed in the past few years that people have started to think that the issues we work on aren’t really issues in Canada anymore.”

With statistics as jarring as 1 in 2, it should become clear to anyone who sees the ad that sexual and physical abuse are still an issue in Canada.

The TV ad will run on CityTV across the country and print ads will run in space provided by Rogers Media in their women focused publications.

The goal of the campaign is to educate and empower young women and girls to speak out, knowing they are not alone.

The President of CWF, Beverley Wybrow, told the Vancouver Observer “It’s not about changing individuals to fit into bad systems – it’s also about changing bad systems. I’ve been working on women’s issues for 35 years. The issues have changed over the years … we try to make sure women have a voice.” She says the foundation’s goal is to help women help each other, rather than waiting for “men and the government.” They have, she says, a feminist vision of philanthropy.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation also runs a campaign called Women Moving Women, which is an effort to help the 1 in 7 Canadian women that live in poverty. The foundation was founded in 1991 and has funded over 1100 projects to date. This is the first time they’ve created a national ad campaign.

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10:06AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

Actually there are two major incidents of a girl getting raped in the bible who ends up getting avenged by her brother/s. It's not exactly tolerated in the Bible (at least extra-marital and within the body of Israel, and likely its 'alien' population as well. In fact raping a married or engaged woman was a capital offence) and there are passages against the unfair treatment of women including physical violence (There was also important concern for widows). There are significant women in both the old and the new testament and nowhere in the gospel does it have jesus saying that women are subservient to men or just their property.

Also there was only one incident concerning the virgins, usually according to rules of warfare women and children were spared (and there was even a couple of rules concerning the treatment of captive women whom soldiers intended to make their wives)

8:16PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

As Wikipedia points out .... "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments. It is also sometimes colloquially used to doubt statistics used to prove an opponent's point.
The term was popularised in the United States by Mark Twain (among others), who attributed it to the 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881).

2:29PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Also, I don't think the number is so high. i am 21, and was in an abusive relationship at 16 where I was raped, tortured and humiliated. Then, 2 months back, I was carjacked and sexually assaulted. I know many who lead happy lives and get married and don't tell people about the abuses they faced. Not only do they not go to the police, they keep it to themselves. Just because you have friends who don't put their abuse moments out their for everyone to critique doesn't mean they haven't faced the abuse. Stop being so naive. You don't know people's stories

2:21PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Harley W... Christianity in it's ESSENCE teaches that women are to be subservient. There are rape scenes in the bible (not looked down upon). Women ARE treated as property. In some passages God tells people to kill all women and children except the virgins, who should be kept for the men. It's sickening. However, that really isn't the issue. The issue isn't religion, its oppression in general. We are PEOPLE. we are individuals. Women are not objects. No means no.

2:52PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

This is terrible and very sad indeed. Thanks for posting.

4:57PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

This problem of women abuse is important for us all because our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters deserve the same right to live in dignity without threat to their safety and well being in a civil society. This is nothing to do with religious beliefs or faith, it is simple respect for the rights of the women in our society. There can be no excuse for inflicting harm on another person independent of gender. We live in a brutal world, domestic abuse is one area to be eliminated from the field of interpersonal violence.

8:29PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Some other food for thought…. that same study showed that “men were most likely to be killed by a common-law partner (66%) whereas women were slightly more likely to have been killed by their legally married spouse (39%) than by a common-law partner (33%)”; “females were more likely than males to report multiple victimizations, at 57%”; “Stabbings were the most common method used to commit spousal homicide, particularly against male victims” and “those who stated that they had been injured, bruises were the most common form of injury reported by both female (95%) and male (75%) victims. Male victims were more likely than female victims to report suffering cuts, scratches or burns (59% versus 30%)”.

None of this is to say DV isn’t important. But as a past 7 year victim of DV it sickens me to see them us my experiences and others like me to gain power and support with no regard for all those who have actually dealt with DV. Lying and telling half truths in order to finance themselves on others suffering IS WRONG! This PSA is wrong on so many levels I can’t even.

8:26PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Oh... and the link is: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/statcan/85-224-X/85-224-x2010000-eng.pdf

8:25PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

The video was misleading. The study they used (check out Chart 1.1 of the study, I’ll add a link later) showed 1 out of 2 couples that reported DV where women. The other half of the victims in the study where men. Not 25% or 75% or 10%. HALF! So what this PSA did was take all the female victims and all the male victims, drop the male victims from the report, count the entire population of Canada (men and women) as victims of DV and then they said 1 out of 2 women. What the study actually said was “Of the 19 million Canadians who had a current or former spouse in 2009, 6% reported being physically or sexually victimized by their partner or spouse in the preceding five years.” That 6% includes men and women. In light of this, all I say is a PSA that LIES with such disregard for half of all victims is NOT helping anyone, it is making things worse. But they'll still be happy to take donations so they can make more misleading PSA’s and a big raise.

Some other food for thought…. that same study showed that “men were most likely to be killed by a common-law partner (66%) whereas women were slightly more likely to have been killed by their legally married spouse (39%) than by a common-law partner (33%)”; “females were more likely than males to report multiple victimizations, at 57%”; “Stabbings were the most common method used to commit spousal homicide, particularly against male victims” and “those who stated that they h

3:10PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Women are not property they are people. I and many other religious people believe that.

I am filled with sorry at what Tegan writes about Africa. I pray that it is not true in all Africa and am saddened to hear it happens at all.

I in the school I work at I keep trying to tell the boys that it is wrong what they say and how they treat the girls. But they keep insisting that I do not understand. I understand that many rappers are tying to get young men to treat all girls as things.

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