About a month ago I was waiting for the bus to take me back home from the office, when a middle-aged woman sitting at the stop approached me and asked me: “Are you from around here?”.
Being the cautious individual that I am (you don’t give too much information to strangers), I vaguely responded – “Yes, I live in the neighborhood”. However, what she meant was “are you a US American?”, when I said no, she followed up with a less than logical question: “Do you know why Salvadorian women don’t wear scarves?” I was curious, and a bit annoyed,so I said no, and she jumped to answer herself: “They don’t wear scarves because they are afraid of being choked”.
I told her I had never heard that before and she replied that I was classist, and that it was a Latino problem because it’s a culture of violence… at which point I was glad my bus was arriving and I could leave the lady behind, but she definitely gave me food for thought.
Violence against women in Central America in one of the crucial factors for the escalated migration of women and girls to the southern U.S. border, and in El Salvador, the gang warfare employs rape as a terror weapon just like in any other war. These are appalling facts, but women are afraid to wear scarves not only south of the border.
5 Facts of Violence against women in the United States of America:
- On average, three women die every day in America at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.
- From 2009 to 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with the killer targeting a girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife.
- 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner at some time in their lives.
- In 2008, Hispanic and non-Hispanic females experienced about the same rates of intimate partner violence
- In the United States, 83 per cent of girls in grades 8 through 11 (aged 12 to 16) have experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.