CHEYENNE, Wyo - The Zonta club of Cheyenne has an ongoing campaign of Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women. However, the club is particularly focused on this now during a timeframe designated by many as 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (falls between International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Human Rights Day.)
Also, as we approach the holidays, the stress on many tends to escalate violence especially in the home.
Last year, Safehouse assisted over 1100 victims of violence with 335 victims seeking shelter.
Reported crime statistics show that there were 40 reported forcible rapes in Laramie County last year and we all know that the proportion of reported crimes is very small compared to actual. For the majority of these reported, there was no arrest.
Nationwide, it is estimated that a woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds.
It is estimated that annually 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence.
More than 3 women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
1 in 4 women experience severe intimate partner physical violence.
Zonta Club of Cheyenne looks to raise awareness that this is a significant problem in our community and around the nation. To that end, there are some silhouettes and stories of some domestic victims at the library through December 10th. The stories are moving and try to put a human face on the problem.
Second, the club says we need to begin to change the culture of this violence and get at the root of the problem. So, Zonta has recently partnered with Safehouse to sponsor a training called Coaching Boys into Men. As part of this 28 school coaches were trained under this program to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills that violence never equals strength.
The club continues to look for ways to address this issue with a focus on getting to the root cause of the problem. The club is open to partnering with other entities that might have ideas on preventing violence as a solution.
And, of course, Zonta has been a major advocate of raising awareness about human trafficking - another aspect of violence against women. They are gearing up for the 5th annual human trafficking art contest as part of our awareness campaign. Submissions should be made to FlyDragon art studio no later than December 29th.
For more information on the Zonta Club and where to find additional activities check out the interview from the morning show.