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remind
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posted 20 December 2004 10:01 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course, we have all heard about the large news stories of pregnant women murdered by their husbands, former lovers and boyfriends. However, I had thought it was a rare occurance. Apparently, it is not so, in the country to the south of us that is so proud of their religious morals and majority.

In this mornings Star, I was taken aback by the mounting evidence to the contrary in the USA.

Women need to to look at this, and really formulate plans of actions in their lives, in my opinion.

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Number of slain pregnant women stuns researchers
Formidable numbers just the tip: U.S. expert
State workers, newspaper join forces on study


DONNA ST. GEORGE
SPECIAL TO THE STAR

...Now a year-long examination by The Washington Post of death-record data in states across the country has documented the killings of 1,367 pregnant women and new mothers since 1990...

The Post's analysis shows the killings span racial and ethnic groups. In cases whose details were known, 67 per cent of women were killed with firearms. Many were slain at home in bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens usually by men they knew. Husbands. Boyfriends. Lovers.

The cases are not commonplace compared with other homicides but are more frequent than most people know and have changed the way some experts think about pregnancy.

Five years ago in Maryland, state health researchers Isabelle Horon and Diana Cheng set out to study maternal deaths, using sophisticated methods to spot dozens of overlooked cases in their state. They assumed they would find more deaths from medical complications than the state's statistics showed. The last thing they expected was murder.

But in their study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2001, they wrote that in Maryland, "a pregnant or recently pregnant woman is more likely to be a victim of homicide than to die of any other cause.''


Murdered Women

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faith
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posted 20 December 2004 10:22 AM      Profile for faith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There is major sidescroll with your post .
There is also a great deal of information on
this topic from feminist organisations.
Often when a woman is in an abusive relationship the violence will escalate
during a pregnancy.

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Michelle
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posted 20 December 2004 10:24 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did you really think it was a rare occurrence? I'm not surprised by those stats at all.

For a lot of women, that's when the abuse starts, during a pregnancy or right afterwards, although there are often "signs" beforehand. And so if a woman leaves after the first abusive episode or so, that's when she would be in the most danger if her partner is the stalker type.


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remind
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posted 20 December 2004 10:44 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, I did think murder was a rare occurance, I was aware of the physical abuse aspect increasing during pregnancy, but not of murder rates increasing because of it. I am truly shocked and concerned.

Faith or Michelle could you please give me some on line sites, or names of books, with information on this for Canada?


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faith
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posted 20 December 2004 10:58 AM      Profile for faith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It has been a while since I read about this and other violence faced by women , it is just so damned depressing,but I will try and look through my books and look for the best sources.
A great online source is the Clearing House on family violence that is part of Stats Canada. You can call toll free and access many statistics on violence and crime of all sorts. Just look in your blue pages.

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remind
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posted 20 December 2004 11:25 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thank you Faith , for the information and I will look at the Clearing House on Family Violence through Stats Canada.

Yes, it is damn depressing, and sad. I am really trying to get a handle on it mentally, as it has not been a focus of mine for a very long time, and I think perhaps is/was a significant error on my part.


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Papal Bull
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posted 20 December 2004 01:14 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It is quite sad, but this statistic doesn't really surprise me. The amount of murders within that...nation...is so large that only the media savvy murders will be aired. AKA, people with money or the most brutally killed will be shown on the television and passed outside of local papers.
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