Violence against women.
This isn’t a new phrase to us anymore.
It was only just a few decades ago that the world’ largest organization, the UN brought forth an International Agreement between countries to combat the harrowing issue of one of the most devastating violations of human rights, which is abuse and violence against women and girls.
But when someone talks about violence against women, what goes through your head?
Have you ever thought about this enough?
Have you ever sat and wondered exactly why the human rights defenders and organizations of the world keep on talking about combating this issue?
I’ve personally come across dozens of situations where people have scorned at, ridiculed and undermined persistent efforts to eliminate this sick issue.
And majority of the times, the people who do give an attitude are men.
Sadly, its mostly men who beat up the women too.
“What about a men’s day?”
“Why do we always celebrate a women’s day?”
“Hama firihenun nah ves aniyaa kurey!”….
Are some of the few fantastically ignorant comments I’ve heard and come across, said by both men and even women in often cases!
How about we look into detail at what Violence Against Women mean eh?
How about we go through what the violence actually does to a person’s body?
Lets start with a punch to the jaw.
When you punch someone hard on their jaw, it causes a sequence of physical impacts in the body, which while individually are terrible enough, when put together are sometimes life threatening.
Someone punches you on the jaw, and it causes your head to suddenly spin around. This sudden accelerated movement of the head is slowed down after a fraction of a second by all the muscles, tendons and bones attached in your head.
Now while this powerful yanking of your head is going on, your poor brain, which is floating inside your head in a fluid crashes against the sides of your skull within.
Your poor brain bangs around like a ball inside your head, and may continue bouncing against the sides several times. This sudden trauma will often cause you to loose consciousness.
Now imagine how much pain this will cause to you, not to mention the damage being caused to your brain and nerves inside your head. Punch someone hard enough and it may even lead to internal bleeding and sometimes death!
What about if someone punches you in the eye?
Normally, when someone is punched on the eye, it would cause the capillaries underneath the skin, around the eyes to burst and this causes swelling and bruising.
A light blow to the eye will result in a black eye which may show up a couple of days later. Sometimes, blood will even seep through into the sclera (white part of the eye).
But when the eye is punched hard enough and directly, it will damage the supporting muscles and ligaments, as well as the eyelid, or the bony eye socket (orbit).
It will even cause vision changes, inability to move the eye, excruciating pain, a change in pupil size, blood in the sclera and on the iris, permanent damage to the bony eye socket, numbness and in the most extreme cases, even blindness.
So while all this is going on, imagine the amount of pain the person will have to endure!
Very often, in domestic violence cases, women with black eyes are spotted by doctors to be identified as victims of violence. Due to various reasons, these battered women, will make up excuses for their injuries and even the perpetrators. It takes a huge amount of effort by professionals as well as friends and family to intervene and save them from their risky environments.
Right, moving on, what might happen if you punch someone in the tummy or the abdomen?
The abusers who beats the crap out of their mother, their wives and their daughters are cowards. So most of the time, they will be careful in HOW they abuse their women and children.
For fear of their dark side being discovered, and the consequences like jail time that might follow, these animals would beat up their victims in such a way so that when their victims goes out in public, the injuries on their bodies wont be spotted.
Punching someone in the stomach or groins is one such way how these cowards gets away with it.
A blow to the stomach can cause severe bruising of the abdominal wall and bleeding from or rupture of an internal organs. The abdomen is one area of the body where a lot of the major organs are placed in. A forceful punch to the stomach will cause severe damage.
I can’t even imagine the pain for a victim with an injury where a vital organ is open and bleeding inside! 😦
One of the most disgusting forms of violence I read about is how some sick perpetrators bites their victims.
Female victims of violence are found with bite injuries frequently.
This cannibalistic form of abuse causes avulsion (tearing off of skin and muscle), laceration, and crushing of the tissues. Also what’s really disgusting is that approximately 10%-15% of human bite wounds become infected owing to multiple factors. Infections associated with human bites are often far advanced by the time they receive appropriate care.
I mean seriously! What kind of a devil would do any of this to another human being?!
It’s possible one of the worst forms of human rights violations.
Yet sadly it takes far too long or never, for these abusers to be identified because of the nature of the crime.
God has blessed us with an extraordinary vessel for our souls. The human body is remarkably resilient, and does an excellent job of repairing, recovering and protecting damaged tissues. It’s fascinating how rapidly the human body can recover after sustaining grave injuries.
However, when you’re subject to these kinds of powerful abuse everyday, your body becomes weaker, your mind gets damaged, your confidence disappears and your whole souls gets overwhelmed by the amount of fear and pain you have to go through.
In a day of a woman going through domestic violence,
with a punch, a cut here, an open would there, a bleeding occurs, an organ ruptures, a vein splits open, a bone gets broken, a body covered with black, blue and purple bruises, and pain…so much pain…continuously…
And again the next day, a punch, a cut, a wound, a bleeding, a rupture, a split, a scar, a broken bone, bruises, pain and more pain…
and again a punch, cut, wound, bleeding, rupture, scar, broken, bruises, pain, pain, pain…
and again…and again….over and over…on and on…day after day…goes on what a woman suffers from at the hands of their abusers!
It’s just nauseating to even think of!
The kind of abuse and torture and pain a victim of violence goes through is disgusting and heartbreaking.
What right does anyone have over anyone to hurt another?
It’s just something I cant understand.
However, what’s more important, is understanding a victim’s pain and how much they need the support from their family, friends, community and the world to stop this abuse.
Even today, this is something some people choose to ignore completely. Honestly that kind of ignorance and arrogance will get them nowhere.
Instead of acting like violence against women and girls is a non-issue, how about next time, you think of what they are going through and see the world through their eyes?
Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Today, is a good day to start on educating ourselves on this issue and making an effort to rid the world of the disgusting acts of abuse and violence.
#All drawings and it’s editing by me 🙂