This ingrained economic dependence was a perfect storm for silence. If a woman was physically or sexually abused by her husband, her leaving him precipitated an economic disaster because, for the most part, a woman was not educated nor trained for a job. So she suffered in silence and so did her children. For many years there were no safe places in communities for a woman to go even if she did leave. Today there are resources for safe haven in larger communities.
Non-profit organizations across the country provide safe shelters, rape crises centers, counseling, and job assistance for the victims of sexual and physical abuse. We have created an entire industry to serve victims.
Has anyone asked why there are so many victims? Or more importantly, why so many, primarily, men are raping and assaulting women and children? This social behavior has become a social norm which engenders little social discourse or appropriate outrage. Because you were assaulted as a child does not give permission for you to assault. Homes have become domestic fields of war where violence and rape are all too real, and silence prevails.