Oklahoma can be a dangerous place for a wife, a mother, even a teenage girl.
Consider that Oklahoma has moved up from No. 17 to No. 3 among females who became victims of single male homicides in 2011.
Those numbers are the latest U.S. available data on the subject. Oklahoma has a higher homicide rate of men killing women than 47 other states in America. When Men Murder Women is an annual report prepared by the national Violence Policy Center detailing the reality of homicides committed against females by single male offenders.
A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for the Pontotoc Courthouse plaza at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in observance of October’s designation as Family Violence Awareness Month.
Janet Winters, an administrative assistant for the Family Crisis Center in Ada, was asked why Oklahoma seems to have such a problem with men abusing women.
“Unfortunately, the disconnect is education,” Winters said. “The key to making a difference is educating people to be aware of what’s happening.
“Every segment of society has to be educated, every age group,” she said. “We need to teach our kids what healthy relationships look like.
“It can go across any segment of society,” she said. “It crosses all lines. People we would never suspect can come off the opposite inside the home.”
She said the most dangerous time is when women are leaving a relationship. “The power and control are gone. That’s when violence often occurs,” she said.
Children caught in the middle can be killed. So can spouses, 95 to 97 percent of whom are female victims.
Here are the numbers and rankings of each of the 10 most dangerous states based on the statistical number of females who became homicide victims in 2011 because of single male violence:
• No. 1. South Carolina, 2.5 per 100,000.
• No. 2. Alaska, 2.01, per 100,000
• No. 3. Oklahoma, 1.99, per 100,000.