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#MenAreTrash : Abuse

You’ve seen the # floating around South African social media: Men are trash. What does it really mean and are we simply overreacting and stereotyping?

In case you needed to be reminded, a 2016 report on Victims of Crime by Statistics SA‚ found that one in every four women faced violence from within their own homes and relationships. More shocking than that is that every six hours a woman is killed by a current or former intimate partner.

#MenAreTrash has been floating around since last year and has recently come under the spotlight with gruesome stories of rape, abductions and murders that women fall victim to at the hands of the men in their lives.

We at MyGirlSquad support the movement and the dialogue that it has brought about. Follow us as we take a look at the trashy things that men do that causes us to label them as such.

Today we talk about abuse

WHAT IS ABUSE?

Abuse is defined as using (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse. A more complete definition describes abuse as the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.

WHY IS IT TRASHY BEHAVIOR?

Because abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression it is difficult answer this question. In essence though it has harmful on many levels to the victims/survivors involved.

 

WHY WOULD A MAN WANT TO PERFORM THIS TRASHY BEHAVIOR?

There are many reasons why a man would abuse his partner. We have listed but a few.

  1. Standing true to rigid gender roles where any deviation is considered an infraction worthy of correction through abuse
  2. Jealousy
  3. A need to exercise pseudo- power

 

HOW DOES IT EFFECT THEIR PARTNER?

Survivors of abuse may find it challenging to cope with the intense, often negative feelings that can plague them long after the abuse has ended. They may commonly develop emotional or psychological problems secondary to their abuse, including anxiety disorders and various forms of depression.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF THIS TRASHY BEHAVIOR?

Visit http://www.thehotline.org/

or

https://www.powa.co.za/POWA/

OVERALL SCORE IN TRASHY BEHAVIOR.

10/10

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