Friday, January 23, 2015

Day 23 of Feminist Joys: Things Are Getting Better

It can be difficult to believe that, with so much bad news around. But I believe bad news reaches us better now, and some of it (like sexual violence) is amplified and outraged at instead of being hushed, which is a good thing.

The Slate says we've never lived in such peaceful times.

Rates of rape or sexual assault and of violence against intimate partners have been sinking for decades, and are now a quarter or less of their peaks in the past. Far too many of these horrendous crimes still take place, but we should be encouraged by the fact that a heightened concern about violence against women is not futile moralizing but has brought about measurable progress—and that continuing this concern can lead to greater progress still.

This is for the US, but the article posits that the trend should be similar in most countries. And it provides similar information for other kinds of violence, including genocide and violence against children. Go read, and let's feel relieved at the progress.

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