Abuse

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6 Points on abuse Rayla Melchor Santos

Excerpts from The M in S.A.M.
- Rayla Melchor Santos (2011)

This farthest-from-intentional occupation and quest brought to mind, heart, gut and being, certain realities and some rude awakenings:

6 POINTS ON ABUSE

1) Domestic violence is a learned behavior. It is learned in the home by observation and reinforcement before the age of 10 (fresnosuperiorcourt.org);

2) Children who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life, therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers (source to follow);

3) Generally the responsibility for recognizing abuse rests with the partner of the abuser(in this case, the woman/mother) because the abuser is not motivated to change (Evans, 1992);

4) Women are victims of violence in approximately 95% of the cases of domestic violence. While women do use violence against intimate partners, women's use of violence is distinct from men's use of violence in historical, culture, psychological, motivational and situational ways (stopvaw.org);

5) Abuse does not happen because of your gender. It happens because you have been unfortunate enough to meet an abuser. Abusive people will be abusive in relationships no matter who their partners are. (droghedarefuge.org)

6) Addressing the human rights of children and women affirms that: Children and women are subjects of rights. In other words they have rights and are not objects of charity (Unicef.org).

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BOOKLETS

BOOKLETS ON ABUSE created by University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) College of Development Communication students in parternship with the I Am SAM Foundation and in partial fulfillment of the DevCom 121 course requirements for School Year 2011- 2012:

  1. The Four Main Types of Abuse by Xid Kayla Lapiz
  2. The Truths and Myths of Abuse by Vicente Limsan, Jr.
  3. The Cycle of Abuse by Jeanina Casusi
  4. How to Tell if Your Man is an Abuser by Chris Ann Mel Bugnot
  5. Too Much To Match by Vera Ysabel de la Cruz

Merci Melchor, Founder of IAMSAM personally oversaw this project and made several trips and presentations, coordinating with the dean and professors of UPLB DevCom.