Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and aggressive behaviors that may include physical, emotional, economic and sexual violence as well as intimidation, isolation and coercion. Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. This is an issue that affects many women; however I feel that people always push this issue aside. Many people feel that it is a sensitive issue so instead of helping the woman they ignore it. More than half of all rapes of women occur before age 18; 22% occur before age 12. It is not only an issue that happens in third world countries like Africa and countries in Asia. Many women are not able to seek for help, because of economic situations or family reputations or they are locked in their own homes. Males feel that they are the dominant sex in a family or relationship and because of this assumption many males abuse their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters. However what they are doing is wrong and brutal. Women are beaten to death because of the little things. Some women do not even know that they are being abused, because they keep saying to themselves that this cannot happen to me. Women need to recognize the signs of abuse, however many women do not even know anything about this issue because it is not well known. There needs to be more counseling and shelter homes for these women who are going through this situation. We need to help stop this issue, because it is not fair for women to feel unsafe in their own homes. Domestic abuse affects children as well which later leads to child abuse.   

Rizwana Noor, #RealTalk blogger

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