An annual report from the Violence Policy Center has shown that black women are killed far more than white women. The people that kill them are usually a person that they are involved in a relationship with sadly. The study covered the year of 2011 (that is the last data year that is available at this time). It showed shocking numbers about the deaths of women. Here are a few of the statistics that the report showed about the death of black women:
– Firearms were the most commonly used weapon that was involved in the deaths of black women who were killed by others in 2011.
– 415 out of the 443 (94%) women that were killed in a single-offender and single-victim murder knew who their killer was.
– Most of the killings happened during an argument and not any other felony crime such as a robbery or car jacking.
– The average age of females that were killed in 2011 by another person was 34. Five percent of the women were over 65 and 12% were under 18 years old.
– 216 out of 415 (52%) women killed were wives, girlfriends, ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, or lovers of the man who killed them.
– 459 out of 492 (93%) black women were killed intra-racially.
These statistics raise questions about how women are supposed to stand up for themselves, particularly in the case of Marissa Alexander. She was in a fight with her estranged husband. He had a history of abusing her. She took her gun and fired a warning shot into the ceiling. Her two children were around when this all happened. No one was injured in the incident and yet Alexander got a 20 year sentence in prison for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She had another trial in July and could face an additional 60 years in jail. This is all for standing her ground and trying to protect herself from being a victim again.