Why Are Activists Fighting to End Sexual and Domestic Violence are Calling for Gun Control

I was looking for an article to post that dealt with violence against youth and young adults dating, and I came upon this article that I thought was quite interesting. According to the member organizations of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence—which represent thousands of programs and advocates serving victims and working to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking across the country—mourn the tragic loss of life this past weekend in the latest horrific mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

We call on all policy makers to condemn the bigotry and hateful rhetoric that is fueling increased violence. We also call on policy makers to enact common-sense laws to curb gun violence and help prevent countless murders and the severe harm inflicted on individuals, families and communities.

The work of ending domestic and sexual violence is, at its core, an effort to end the harm caused when one person exerts dominance over someone else through tactics of abuse and control, which often results in violence. With each incident of mass violence, it becomes more evident that gender-based violence, abuse, oppression and bigotry are inextricably tied. Efforts to prevent these heinous acts require a larger societal commitment to end abuse and oppression in all its forms, particularly at the intersections.

The quest to end domestic and sexual violence must align with the quest to end racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, religious bigotry toward Jewish and Muslim communities and other forms of oppression toward marginalized communities—including immigrant and Native American communities.

read more…NATIONAL TASK FORCE TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE