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Advocacy Group’s Campaign Seeks to Increase

Advocacy Group’s Campaign Seeks to Increase
Awareness of Domestic Violence Against Women

Statistics on domestic violence reveal that more than half of teenage girls in relationships experience some form of birth control sabotage from their boyfriends. When domestic violence is present, the incidence of sabotage goes up to 66 percent. Seventy-five percent of teenage girls in a relationship with men older than 26 are victims of physical domestic violence, and one in five dates ends in violence, usually sexual.

Because of these statistics, Men Stopping Violence, an advocacy group devoted to stopping violence against women, hosted a facilitated discussion entitled  “Because We Have Daughters.” The September event was designed to unite men and their daughters to combat violence against women. Activist Pearl Cleage and actress and women’s right’s advocate Jane Fonda participated in the facilitated discussion.
Dr. Cynthia Spence, Spelman College associate professor of anthropology and director of the United Negro College Fund’s Mellon Programs, as well as president of the Men Stopping Violence board of directors, introduced discussion participants, who also included Dick Bathrick, co-founder of Men Stopping Violence; and Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, of Grady Health Systems.

“Because We Have Daughters” is a campaign that is aimed at increasing awareness about the high incidence of domestic violence against women. The campaign will run through Father’s Day, June 18, 2006.

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