“Too many women are subjected to violence and made to feel shame,” said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. “The real shame belongs to a world that often blames women for the crimes committed against them, and allows such widespread violence to continue…It is time to end tolerance and complicity. We cannot make poverty history unless we make violence against women history. We cannot stop the spread of HIV unless we stop discrimination and violence against women and girls. We cannot build a world of peace, development and security until we end violence against women and girls.
I found the above at http://endabuse.org regarding a recent study completed by the United Nations) on the effects of international violence against women.
Lets hope that drastic change ensues regarding how the world views this epidemic, of clearly- global -proportions.