This post is a bit of a diversion from usual Stylish Thought fare; but essentially it is about the position of women in our society and the grave injustice that exists when a pregnant woman is beaten and dies in broad daylight at the hands of 5 men.
Yesterday in Philadelphia, Tovoyia Owens was beaten outside of the Municipal Traffic Court building by a gang of 5 men, one being her ex-boyfriend. As a result of the beating Tovoyia suffered head trauma and died. Not only was Tovoyia a mother, she was a college student and was pregnant at the time of the beating.
There are no words to express the grave sympathy that goes out to the Owens family and there are no true words to express these despicable circumstances, but there has to be recognition and attention paid to this because living in a world where violence against women is allowed to run rampant and continues to increase is unacceptable. Tovoyia can not become just another statistic, swept under the rug of the justice system or added to the growing list of domestic violence and deaths at the hands of such violence.
We must remember because:
One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%.
Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day.
If one woman dies at the hands of violence, it’s one too many.