We've all heard and read about Presidential candidate Herman Cain and his treatment of women. There have been several allegations of one form or another regarding sexual harassment and his abuse towards women that have worked with him. When I first started hearing these comments, I didn't give it much thought and just figured okay here go with the "political wars." However, the more you hear woman after woman come forth giving her story and testimony, there comes a time when one must listen. Don't get me wrong, I feel oftentimes in the public arena there are people that come forth to get their five minutes of fame anyway they can, however, I know when a woman is willing to go public on such a matter as this, we must listen.
What really caught my attention is when Mr. Cain's wife, Gloria came forth and said, "he totally respects women." My question is this the truth, or is this a woman/wife standing by her man? She goes forth to state that after reading the allegations she knew it could not be true, otherwise he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.
Statistics show that one out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused or harassed during their lifetime with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries. This type of violence ranges from misappropriate touching, rape to domestic abuse and acid burnings to dowry deaths and so-called honor killings. Violence against women and girls is an extreme human rights violation, a public health epidemic and a barrier to solving global challenges such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and famine. It devastates the lives of millions of women and girls — in peacetime and in conflict — and knows no national or cultural barriers.
Violence against women is wrong and must be stopped. What many people don't know is that sexual abuse or harassment can be a major cause of poverty and a huge barrier to economic opportunity - it keeps women from standing up for themselves, getting an education, working, and earning the income they need to lift their families out of poverty and to a better way of life.
My point is, we have to all be mindful of such allegations and take everything serious when it violates a woman's right and safety against such treatment.
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