Violence against Women and what you can do

Saturday March 10, 2001 Folk Plus Playlist

According to the World Health Organization, violence causes more death and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria and war. In some countries, seeking a divorce is considered a crime that can warrant death.

In Africa and the Middle East, Female Genital Mutilation still continues endured by an estimated 130 million women.

Last year, an estimated 5,000 girls were put  to death because they were victims of rape.

Two million girls younger than 15 became sex slaves forced into prostitution.

To see links for information on organizations helping women around the world see:


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Format:   Artist - "Track Title" - Album - Contacts
Theme:    Jay Ansill - "The Two Horizons"  -  Origami - Flying Fish

Thanks to Geri Gribi for most of these ideas and annotations. For more information and ideas see a page of annotated web site links:

 Cosy Sheridan, "Bad Cliche," Grand Design, Wind River 2000
  A victim of her undles    "I have an uncle, he's a dirty old man - I grew up with a bad cliche
     I have learned to find other things to do - on family holidays
     I have tried to love the sinner- and only hate the sin
     But whoever wrote that never got caught - in a dark corner with him."

Bird Sisters  "Am I"  She and She and She "The insanity of domistic violence brings on madness"

 Shania Twian,  "Black Eyes Blue Tears," Come On Over PGD/Polygram 1997
     A woman finds her self-esteem and decides "I'd rather die standing than live on my knees."

 Joan Baez, "Crack in the Mirror" (Betty Elders)  Gone From   Danger, EMD/Angel 1997
     In this song, a child is sexually abused by a "hired hand" from the time she is a baby. Not only does no one help her...they don't believe her.

Andrew Lorand "Eight Short Minutes"  Location, Loction, Location
      Rape is actually committed more like every four short minutes.

Peggy Seeger  "Emily", Odd Collection Rounder Records 1996
     One of Peggy's "radio ballads" based upon the true story of a woman she met at the Forest Hill Refuge for battered women.

 Devonsquare   "Far Side of Love"  Bye Bye Route 66
     Incest and sexual abuse of the past produce the inability to know true love.

 Kat Eggleston "Fury"Second Nature Waterbug 1994
     A man is two men, a dozen roses, and then fists. written for Kat's friend Jill, "who has great courage"

Sarah Mclachlan  "Good Enough",  Fumbling Towards Ecstasy BMG/Arista 1994
    A daughter tries to convince her mother that she deserves a better life than one of abuse.

Lucinda Williams,   "He Never Got Enough Love" - Sweet Old World, Chameleon Records.
    Perhaps men grow up to be abusive because the were abused as a child..

Darcie Deaville  "Icy Barrel of a Loaded Gun", ,Tornado In Slo Mo Redwing Music 1999
     This specific song is about Darcie's personal experience of having been molested by her grandfather, and her resolve that "Nobody's ever gonna hurt me now, it's something that I will not allow."The entire CD is a survivor's journey. Read a review.

Kristina Olsen,  "Keeping This Life of Mine (Song for Battered Women)" , Love, Kristina Philo 1993
     Kristina says, "I wrote it about a friend of mine who was in an abusive relationship. She ended up in the hospital     and at that time realized she had to get away from this very abusive man, but she had no self esteem left. She  finally said, "I'm keeping this life of mine" and walked away. I was so impressed with the courage it took her to do that that I wrote this song from her point of view. The nice tag to her story is that she's doing great now."

Suzanne Vega,  "Luka"  Solitude Standing
    A child is hit until she cries. She hides the facts and asks not to be asked about it.

Erin Benjamin"Long Hard Fall"    -  Erin Benjamin BabyHugh Productions
     Childhood sexual abuse.

Burns Sisters  "No More Silence"  In This World - Philo
     "Shout it out, no more silence"

Jackie Tice,  "Once Like You", Blue Coyote, Saja Maka Music 1997 Listen Online
     A song about child molestation in which a mother, remembering her own lost innocence, as she watches her child.

Sally Fingerette "She Won't Be Walking",, Ghost Town Girl
     This song was inspired by an incident several years back. Governor Celeste of Ohio pardoned several women  who were imprisoned for killing abusive husbands, on the grounds that they suffered from Battered Wife Syndrome when they committed their crimes. The ending of the song in purposely confusing. Sally writes, "I love the debate that incurs....Did she kill him. Did she shoot the gun? Did he shoot her, and she died and flew  away? I won't answer that, I'll let the mystery be!"

Lori B "To Be Or Not To Be," , Hurricane Child, pARADOX aRTS
     Lori writes, "Child-like in its simplicity, To Be or Not To Be is a chilling anthem about a girl who is attacked by someone she knows and left for dead. Awakening in the woods, she faces the age old existential question: whether to live or to die... "

 Chuck Brodsky,  "Until You Can Forgive", Letters in the Dirt Red House 1996
      Chuck told me, "The song is written from a man to his partner who was sexually abused as a child. It's compassionate, and the forgiveness I wrote about is the woman forgiving herself, not the perpetrator of the abuse."

 The Wyrd Sisters "Warrior,"  Inside the Dreaming 1994
     Written by Kim Baryluk, "I can and will fight, I can and will a warrior be, It is my nature and my duty, It is the sisterhood in me"

 Ani DiFranco  "Two Little Girls,", Little Plastic Castle 1998
     Lyrics at Danah Beard's site Lesbian domestic abuse is a quite common, underrepresented topic. Abuse comes in many forms, from  physical to emotional and everything in between. Ani addresses this topic through her experiences with a friend whose involvement with heroin is a result of her girlfriend.

Jody Kessler  "Walk Without Fear," , Leap of Faith, In the Moment Productions
      This song was written at the request of a rape crisis center that wanted a song that could be used in their  educational programs with young people. It has an empowering message and dispels some of the myths  surrounding rape and sexual assault. This song is also featured on the MP3 compilation CD "The Best of   Independent American Music", produced by

 Dana Cooper "Walking Waste of Time",  Miracle Mile Compass 1997
    A woman finally realizes she isn't going to change an abusive partner, that "She could not feed his angry need" and leaves.

Terri Allard,  "La La Rosie Goes," Loose Change and Spare Parts, Reckless Abandon Music
     Terri says, " This is a song about a woman who has stayed in an abusive relationship 30 years too long. She     doesn't have the strength to leave this man physically so she checks out mentally."

Gerri Gribi,  "Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here"  Womansong Collection CD and also Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here - Cassette Lilyfern 1996 (See also "We Say No" and "The Crafty Maid's Policy")
     Based on true stories of women who survived both domestic abuse AND the welfare system, Gerri wrote this for the award-winning documentary "Poverty Shock."

Creed, "Wash Away Those Years",  Human Clay, Bmg/Wind Up 1999
     A song expressing the thoughts of a sexual assault victim.

Resurfacing  Purchasing this compilation will benefit the Woman's Shelter of Ottawa Canada.
    Dedicated to the women who struggle for freedom and a place to call home. The shelter lost it's funding and musicians are trying to help provide funding to reopen.

Respond - by Various Artists, 1998    Signature Sounds 800 694 5354
    Respond is a compilation to benefit Respond Incorporated, a non-profit organization that has provided confidential, free services for battered women and their children in the Boston area since 1974. The compilation was a grassroots effort intiated by Boston-area songwriters and sponsored by WBOS. Many local musicians donated their time, performances and energy to the project, including Catie Curtis and Patty Larkin.

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