Domestic violence and sexual assault top the list of women’s concerns, finishing way ahead of preserving abortion rights, a new survey reports, says Women’s eNews.
The findings are part of a poll of 3,300 American women by the Center for the Advancement of Women, a New York-based research and advocacy organization led by Faye Wattleton, the former head of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Wattleton called the findings on abortion alarming because only 41 percent of women surveyed cited “keeping abortion legal” as a top priority for a women’s movement; 92 percent listed “reducing domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Wattleton was surprised by the findings on domestic violence, but for people working on the issue, it was no surprise.
“This is an issue that so many women and girls are dealing with,” says Joy R. Bostic, the executive director of the Alliance: African American Task Force On Violence Against Women, a Harlem-based organization. She called the problem “a major epidemic.”
“The movement to stop violence against women in the USA has made incredible headway,” says Sheila Dauer of the Amnesty International USA’s Women’s Human Rights Program. “There is a lot of awareness among women. Where there hasn’t been as much headway is in turning around our society and culture of violence.”