American Women More Likely to Be Murdered

Women in the United States are five times more likely to be murdered than women in 24 of the world’s wealthiest nations combined. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association found that American women made up 70 percent of all homicides and 84 percent of all gun-related killings even though American women represented only one-third of all the women studied. According to David Hemenway, a co-author of the study from Harvard University, the results show that access to firearms may be the reason why female homicide is so high in the U.S., as the study showed that gun-related deaths were 11 times higher in the U.S. than the average of the other nations. Previous research has also shown that women who live in areas with a higher volume of guns are at greater risk of homicide. According to Hemenway, the research is “certainly consistent with the hypothesis that guns are not protecting usÉ.If people are being saved, there should be fewer deaths.”


HealthScout News, 4/17/02

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