Dawn Wilcoxs project telling womens legends is filling a chink in their respective countries data on killings
Dawn Wilcox adds more mentions to her roster every day. Sometimes as countless as 50.
From her home in a gentle cul de sac in Plano, Texas, Wilcox lopes Women Count USA– a project reputation victims of what she believes to be America’s unnoticed crisis: femicide.
Wilcox has expended much of the past two years rubbing online news narrations and social media for reports on women and girls killed by beings in the US. She compiles their honours in a publicly held spreadsheet and shares detailed information about their lives and extinctions with roughly 6,000 people on the Women Count USA Facebook page.
It is no big undertaking. By Wilcox’s count, in 2018 it happened to at the least 1,600 women and girls from Alaska to New York, of all scoots, ages and incomes status. They were killed in their bunks and in their gondolas, at work and in yoga class, by their parents, spouses, ex-boyfriends, cousins, lads, neighbors and strangers.
Wilcox’s work is filling a gap in data on femicide, typically defined under the killing of women and girls because of their gender, said Jodie Roure, an expert on violence against women working in the Americas. The federal government roads domestic violence killings, to be allocated to as intimate partner murders, but doesn’t specifically compile data on femicide, Roure said, in part because the US hasn’t adopted a standardized definition for the call as in some Latin American countries.
Without a centralized organisation to gather data on incidents of violence against women and girls, those misdemeanours are underreported, Roure, who is a professor at John Jay College, said.” The data that does exist we know is alarming ,” she included.” Violence against girls is normalized. And because it’s normalized we don’t see it as a crisis .”
The Violence Policy Center, which produces an annual report on female murder victims based on FBI data, repetition Wilcox’s concerns about violence against women in the US. There aren’t adequate resources assigned to reducing it, the VPC legislative head, Kristen Rand, said. Congress gave the landmark 1994 Violence Against Women Act expire during the most recent government shutdown.
But individual stories can help spur action, Rand said, and that is where Women Count USA comes in.” People look at statistics and they too often don’t see what’s behind the statistics- this humanizes the problem ,” Rand said.” Every single one of those people is a human being with a family .”
Using Google alertings, news reports and her free time, Wilcox has taken it upon herself to tell the stories of America’s murdered women.