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WHEREAS the number of reported cases of harassment and stalking of women is
WHEREAS the rates of violent crime including sexual assault, rape, battering,
and murder are rising and battering is the largest cause of injury to women in
the United States and Canada;
WHEREAS violence against women occurs in families of all classes and races
and is frequently perpetuated across generations;
WHEREAS violence against women is frequently trivialized, unreported, hidden
within the family, or blamed on the victim;
WHEREAS our patriarchal system creates and sustains such violence by viewing
and treating women as if they are of little value; and
WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist sexism audits, "Checking Our Balance" and
"Cleansing Our Temple," reveal our own continuing need to recognize patriarchal
thinking and practices within us as individuals, among us in our congregations,
and around us in society;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association shall
act and urge its associate members, affiliate organizations, member
congregations, and individual Unitarian Universalists to:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 1993 General Assembly requests the President
of the Unitarian Universalist Association to report annually on progress in
implementing this resolution; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Unitarian Universalist congregations and
individual Unitarian Univer-salists be urged to recognize the pervasive nature
of violence against women and to confront the emotional and physical violence in
our own families, congregations, and communities.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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