As of this writing, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend is the top trending topic on Twitter. It is beyond despicable. Granted, many people repeating the tag are criticizing it. Still Twitter should remove it. It’s not funny. It’s not amusing. It’s disgusting.
Note: I’ve purposely included the hashtag in my call for Twitter to de-list it and some have said that reinforces the trend. Three responses:
1. It was already #1 when I tweeted so it didn’t need my help.
2. The point is for people clicking on the tag to see my call to de-list it.
3. Most importantly, the purpose of pushing the retweet is for Twitter to remove it. As soon as they do so, the hashtag becomes irrelevant and retweeting it will have made a positive difference.
UPDATE: Over 1700 1800 2500 people have retweeted my request that Twitter de-list the offensive hashtag. Around 300 more have @ replied. Hopefully Twitter will heed their outrage. For context, here’s what women and girls around the world deal with on a daily basis: http://peterdaou.com/2011/06/no-justice-on-earth-until-there-is-justice-for-women/
UPDATE II: The hashtag is gone – thanks to all who helped get the word out!
This is good:
The White House will announce several policy initiatives on Wednesday that are aimed at reducing domestic violence, including pilot programs targeted at children and pregnant women, financial and housing assistance for victims of abuse and a national campaign to reduce sexual violence, according to a memo about the plans.
There are programs targeted at children, including a fund to assist pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence in five states — North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia and Washington — and Head Start centers in six states – Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico and South Carolina – will launch a program to help staff members identify signs of domestic violence in children and respond appropriately.
HUD will release guidelines for housing authorities and landlords who have tenants who may be victims of domestic violence, a move that codifies protections outlined in the Violence Against Women Act. The FDIC will expand its Money Smart financial literacy curriculum on Friday to include information for victims of domestic violence.
The Justice Department will announce the start of a pilot program intended to get more private lawyers to offer services to domestic violence victims pro bono.
Here are some stats for context:
Of all the women murdered in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.
More than 600 women are raped every day.
The Justice Department estimates that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported.
A simple but possibly life-saving step: