Some food for thought… “America has 3,800 animal shelters, but only 1,500 for battered women,” writes Schrager. She raises an interesting point about how, in many ways, our society cares more about helping animals than people.
Why is this?
Well, in many cases, people don’t think that anyone they know is being directly affected by domestic violence—despite the studies that have indeed shown that domestic abuse occurs in all socio-economic circles.
Schrager suggests that people are less likely to donate money to support women’s shelters, because the issue of domestic abuse is not necessarily visible within our communities—it happens behind closed doors. It is more difficult for people to give support to the “faceless,” and so instead they choose to support animal shelters.
While I do think Schrager’s article is somewhat biased, I agree with her that people shouldn’t ignore the issues of domestic violence occurring in their communities because they seem invisible. Seen or unseen, the problem still exists, and there are women who do need help.
Personally, I think that bringing attention to violence committed against women is especially difficult. Many people are likely to give support to an animal shelter after seeing commercials with photos of the animals, but you don’t exactly see the same type of tragic commercials for battered women. The sad truth is, most people aren’t likely to give to an organization that they don’t feel like they can relate to, unless a celebrity decides to support it as well.
If you are interested in reading the full article, visit: http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/does-one-abused-woman-100-abused-puppies
What do YOU think??