How Violence Plagues the Poor

This is disheartening and yet so rampant. Everyday violence I dare add, is not only promiscuous in the developing world, but numerous and extremely sad tales abound in the developed world too. Cases abound of girls and women abducted and locked away for years and the recent case of Ariel Castro is just one of such. Therefore, we must not relent in our advocacy and call for action, nor our determination to work harder and harder to be an inspiration and motivation to several others who may not have the voice nor will to do so.

Girls' Globe

“The locusts of everyday violence have been allowed to swarm unabated in the developing world. And they are laying waste to the hope of the poor.”
– Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros in their new book, The Locust Effect

At the International Justice Mission, we come face to face every day with the reality that poor people are vulnerable to violence. Globally, the facts are stunning. Nearly 30 million children, women and men are held as forced labor slaves. One in 5 women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape – and sexual violence makes everyday activities like going to school, gathering water, using a communal restroom or taking public transport dangerous.

The truth is that 4 billion people  – that most of the world’s poorest people – live in places where their justice systems don’t or can’t protect them from these kinds of “everyday violence.”


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