Domestic Violence Takes Backseat to Porn

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Saint George Spectrum, 2/21/07 - While Red Ribbon Week is designed to educate students about drugs, White Ribbon Week, which took place last week, is designed to educate students about domestic violence and pornography.

But while some schools throughout the nation may emphasize domestic violence, Canyon View High School emphasized porn with the school's second-annual White Ribbons Against Pornography week.

"We're trying to do anything that we can to help promote parental awareness about that," said Sue Staheli, Canyon View High School Parent Teacher Student Association president. Staheli helped organize White Ribbon Week, which officially ended Tuesday with a pornography presentation by Ron Christensen.

"One of the lies of pornography is that it's harmless," said Christensen, who has been working with porn addicts for more than a decade. He addressed common symptoms of porn addicts, ways to prevent or cure the addiction and how families can discuss sex and porn.

"Monitoring is a great tool however it is not the answer, conversations with children and teens are the answer," stated a Power Point presentation he directed toward parents in the Canyon View High School Auditorium. As with drugs, a common misconception is that kids will be exposed to sex and pornography instead of learning how to deal with it if parents talk with them openly.

But Christensen said that's not true. The best way to keep pornography a non-existent issue is to talk openly and encourage children to discuss the topic, he said. After all, the average child is 11 years old when he or she is first exposed to porn.

"Most of the addicted adults ... started when they were teenagers," he said.

To open those lines of communication, Canyon View High School has hosted the White Ribbons Against Pornography week, which included prize drawings, contests, slogans and more.

"This is sort of our wrap up about White Ribbon Week," Staheli said. They hoped to have the presentation last week, but Christensen couldn't make it, she said.

This is only the second year that the high school has participated in the nationwide week, but Staheli thinks it is beneficial, and this year's event went better than the last.

"I think it certainly is doing something to raise awareness," she said. "We're obviously always looking to improve every year to make it a better deal."

Domestic Violence Statistics - From National Domestic Violence Hotline

4 million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average 12-month period.

On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.

92% of women say that reducing domestic violence and sexual assault should be at the top of any formal efforts taken on behalf of women today.

1 out of 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.

1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Abused girls are significantly more likely to get involved in other risky behaviors. They are 4 to 6 times more likely to get pregnant and 8 to 9 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide.

1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, slapped, choked or physically hurt by his/her partner.

Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence–related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.

Some estimates say almost 1 million incidents of violence occur against a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend per year. 

For 30% of women who experience abuse, the first incident occurs during pregnancy.

As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy. 

Violence against women costs companies $72.8 million annually due to lost productivity.

74% of employed battered women were harassed by their partner while they were at work.

Ninety-four percent of the offenders in murder-suicides were male.

Seventy-four percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner(spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse, or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were females killed by their intimate partners.

Most murder-suicides with three or more victims involved a "family annihilator" -- a subcategory of intimate partner murder-suicide.Family annihilators are murderers who kill not only their wives/girlfriends and children, but often other family members as well,before killing themselves.

Seventy-five percent of murder-suicides occurred in the home.

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