America has made wonderful progress in protecting women from abuse due to social movements like #metoo. There certainly is a lot of room for improvement, but it’s nice to know that women are being heard. Sexual abuse and domestic violence of any kind are terrible things and the fight against them is incredibly important. But there is one area that isn’t receiving the attention that it needs. Domestic violence against men. Not only does it happen, but it may be a lot more common than you might think.
Many people think that it is extremely rare for a man to suffer from domestic violence. But the data doesn’t support that assumption. The fact is one in seven men will suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime. The perpetrator varies with the type of violence. For sexual violence, the perpetrators are generally male. But for other types of violence, the perpetrators are generally female.
An Overlooked Problem
So, if domestic violence is so common, why isn’t it talked about more? One of the biggest culprits is probably culture. For males, it’s almost taboo to admit that they are the victim of something. Furthermore, if the perpetrator was female, many people will have a hard time believing that a stronger man was beaten by a smaller woman.
Another reason that male abuse may go unnoticed has to do with age. Most male sexual violence and a large portion of physical violence occurs when the male is young. In fact, most male perpetrators of domestic violence were victims of domestic violence when they were young.
What to Do
So, what can you do to fight male domestic violence? Education is one of the most important steps. If you have male family members or friends, educate them on what domestic violence is and what to do if they experience it. Make sure that they know that they can confide in you. Keep an eye out for signs of domestic violence such as, odd bruises, wearing long clothing to cover injuries in warm weather, fear of authority figures, fear of home, domineering parents/partners, etc. If you see domestic violence, report it.
As a nation, America needs to do more to help and protect males from abuse. The fight against abuse should not be gendered. In order for abuse to be stopped, all victims must be recognized and helped.
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The end of quarantine is getting closer every day. States are beginning to take steps to relax restrictions and help businesses reopen their doors. This is an exciting time. However, you shouldn’t get too excited. It is still possible for there to be a resurgence in the virus. To prevent this, you should continue to be cautious. By doing the following you will help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Keep Social Distancing
Most people believe that if they feel fine, that they are fine. That is not true. Symptoms don’t begin to show until a few days after contracting the disease. Transmission of the virus is most likely before symptoms begin. That is because people are less cautious when they feel well.
Until there is a viable vaccine, you should keep your distance from individuals that are not part of your household. If you must go to work, try to remain at least 6 feet away from coworkers. As you begin socializing in small groups, ask your friends if they have been responsibly following quarantine guidelines. If not, you should probably not spend time with them. They are more likely to have the virus.
Wash Your Hands and Disinfect Surfaces
Hands are a virus’s best friend. The hands of a sick individual will leave the virus on any surface they touch. The virus can survive for a long time without a human host. When another individual touches the same surface, the virus transfers to their hand. Invariably the new host will touch their face and the virus will find an entrance through the eyes, mouth, or nose. To help stop this cycle, you should regularly wash your hands. Don’t touch your face, even if it itches. Regularly wipe down surfaces especially counters, doors, and chairs.
Wear a Mask
Another way that the viruses can travel is through water droplets. When humans exhale, they exhale air mixed with water vapor. The water vapor can contain the virus and hang in the air for a long time. If you breathe in this air, you could become infected. If you wear a mask, it can help protect yourself and those around you. The mask can help filter the water vapor containing the virus. However, this should not be considered a foolproof measure. If you feel sick, stay at home.
By enduring to the end, you will be doing your part to win the war against COVID-19. You can do this! Just stick this out a little bit longer. Help those around you as best you can, and everyone will get through this together.
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