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Web letter: Horror in Cleveland shows our society values women less than animals

Another travesty of human behavior revealed this last week in a house in Cleveland, Ohio, seems to always bring forth the questions of self-examination and the question of “how could this happen?”

These monstrous acts occur in our society because in this country and most societies with which I am familiar, women and girls are really though of as nothing. Females are entertainment, property and commodities to be dominated, used, consumed and discarded.

In this country, we are more concerned about stray animals than we are about females or children. Men beat women every day of the week and there is no public outrage. However, let some man beat his dog to death (Michael Vick) and the world is outraged.

Why? My experience is that it all starts when we are children. What we see as normal as children is the normal we come to expect in our adult lives.

As long as violence toward women is tolerated by our society, our court system and by each of us, there will be no change. So long as our laws value the abuse of women the same as the abuse of dogs, there will always be houses somewhere in America where women are treated like animals.