It’s Valentine Day next Tuesday and Target has a card that simply needs to be taken off the shelves. The card says, in big white letters on a red background,
Stalker is a harsh word.
Open the car and inside you’ll find, in red letters:
I prefer valentine.
The message this card sends is sinister and ugly, and all the more so when you consider some statistics about violence against women in the US: 1 out of 6 women has been the victim of rape or of an attempted rape, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. That’s 17.7 million American women. The National Organization of Women says that 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner in 2005, an average of three women every day. About 4.8 million women are physically assaulted and raped by an intimate partner every year, but fewer than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment.
Even more to the point are statistics from the National Center For Victims of Crime about stalking:
- 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the US.
- 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by an acquaintance.
- 30% of stalking victims are stalked by either a current or former intimate partner.
- 1 in 4 victims are stalked through some form of technology, such as texting or e-mail.
In a society where violence against women is all too common, and too often underreported, we do not need Valentine’s Day cards that make light of stalking. Target has just completely missed the mark with this very unlovely Valentine.
Sign the petition to tell Target to stop selling its “stalker” Valentine card!
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