Violence is prevalent in ethnic communities, especially violence against women. In Latino, namely Mexican, culture the woman has been taught over centuries to serve the man or men of the household. With a subservient attitude, a woman is taught that her life is to get married and serve her husband, sons and brothers.
This mentality at home translates into various outlets in society, where women are looked at as objects and servants. Though it may not be as dramatic or definite, the traditional views manifest themselves in news ways for the new generations.
Recently, Mexico announced that research had been done between 2006 and 2010 which examined just how much of a pandemic violence against women is. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography which cites a study from 2006, 67 of every 100 women over the age of 15 has endured some sort of violence in her life. Almost 40 percent of these cases happen within the community, almost 30 percent at work and about 16 percent at school.
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Various Mexican studies have pointed to the issue of harassment for women quitting their jobs or being fired; while others have stated that the situation is getting better. Regardless of the back and forth, as Latinos in the United States, what we are faced with is the notion that women are objectified. However old school the notion actually is, because of our close ties to our culture, this outlook follows us across any border.
Violence Against Women in the United States
Violence against women can be focused in four categories: stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence according to the Department of Justice.
According to Alianza, a resource for women enduring some sort of violence, particular surveys and studies showed that there was no real difference between Latinas and non-Latinas in terms of violent experiences. However, over 30 percent of Latinas did report enduring violence in their countries of origin and some in the United States.
In addition, Latinas were more likely to report violent acts that they endured in their past. While Latinas have endured violent situations at home, the fact that many are in a new country where they are allowed to say something and feel protected, they gain a new respect for themselves and find a way to receive the help that they need.
Women need to find strength in order to speak out. Various organizations exist for this reason. If you know of anyone going through these issues or need help, please seek it out.