Each new year brings new beginnings. Normally, I am not one to make resolutions, comprehending that too often life gets in the way, and well-laid plans get all mucked up. But for 2020, I thought, “What the heck! I’m gonna make not just one but two resolutions. That’s doable, right?!”
Another year has passed, and a new one has just begun. On this first day of 2020, as I have done for the past several years, I would like to take some time to reflect on the previous year and contemplate the year that lies ahead. Naturally, as a family history buff, I tend to look back instead of forward. It is just who I am. So here goes…
Well, now that Saint Nick is done delivering gifts to children all around the world, perhaps he can now get back to his secret passion: genealogy.
Today is the first day in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects many worldwide. In the United States alone, the statistics on domestic violence are staggering:
- Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. In one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Of those, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.