LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Domestic abuse and the lack of publicity

What if you could speak for those who are silent? What would you say? A recent statistic shows that black women are more likely to become victims of domestic abuse but less likely to be noticed by the public. I realize that talking about abuse isn’t a conversation many are comfortable with but there needs to be some form of education being spread on the topic. Domestic abuse effects black women between the ages of 15 to 35 years old, which means 25% of high school students girls are suffering. It’s time to grip onto this statistic and run with it. There needs to be classes, programs and clubs to begin action on how to change the percentage of women being affected by domestic abuse. We can build our own communities on social media, such as Instagram or Facebook. We can share information, experiences and shelters women can go to. I worry that people around the world, or even a next-door neighbor, feels like they can’t make a change. Each one of us has a voice. We need to keep black women safe, and we need to do it quickly.

— Amaya Williams, Fort Wayne