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From Afghanistan to America, women suffer from epidemic of violence

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It's unfortunate that, more than 20 years after the first Taliban takeover, it's necessary to remind ourselves that violence against women isn't isolated to Afghanistan. There's also a sexual and gender-based epidemic of violence in the United States.

Take Missouri, for instance. It is the state where my grandmother was born and where her mother died in 1936 from sepsis after a botched backroom abortion. Today, 85 years later, state Republican lawmakers are trying to restrict women's' right to access reproductive planning services while they also push legislation that would keep guns in the hands of batterers.

Nationwide, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women experience severe intimate partner violence in their lifetime, and on an average day, more than 20,000 calls are made to domestic violence hotlines.

As a former victim's court advocate with a domestic violence nonprofit in the Denver area, I believe that as these twin tragedies unfold in Afghanistan and in the United States, we must search for opportunity.

Looking on as the Taliban consolidate control in Afghanistan, let's pause to reflect on the rampant sexual and........


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