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Is violence against women an acceptable behavior in our society?

Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing
Legally, no.  Officially, no. However, our culture says no but tolerates VAW (violence against women) in some areas or circumstances depending on cultural history. In some ethnic groups, VAW is acceptable. When these groups live in North America, they end up in conflict with the law. 

Violence against women is so woven into the fabric of acceptable behavior that many who are victimized feel that they are at fault or have no right to complain about it. Many of those who perpetrate violence feel justified by strong societal messages that say rape, battering, sexual harassment, child abuse, and other forms of violence are acceptable, or at least understandable. Every day, we see images of male violence against women in the news, on TV, in the movies, in advertising, and in our homes and workplaces. The prevalence of these images makes it appear that violence against women is simply a fact of life.

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