Information That Can Save Your Life

Special Note From The Lady

The topics listed under The Lady Speaks are to enlighten and save LIVES. These are topics close to my heart and several are a part of my seminars. Life is the truest gift of all, live each day to it’s fullest with service to others. Stay healthy, aware, focused, educated, and protected in your life.

Smooches & a Cup of Tea

-The Lady

Interpersonal Violence

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaultd by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence than men: 78% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are women and 22% are men.

World Health Organization (WHO) “The economic dimensions of Interpersonal Violence”

American Bar Association (ABA) – Commission on domestic violence – Key statistics

Marriage & Divorce

There were 2,230,000 marriages in 2005 down from 2,279,000 the previous year. The marriage rate in 2005 (per 1000) was 7.5 down from 7.8 the previous year, despite a total population increase of 2.9 million over the same period. Americans tend to get married more between June and October than the rest of the year.

Divorce rate in 2005 (per 1000 people) was 3.6, the lowest rate since 1970.

Teen Pregnancy

The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. 1 in 3 teen girls in the U.S. is estimated to get pregnant at least once before the age of 20. A decade ago, 4 in 10 teen girls.

In 2002 there were over 750,000 teen pregnancies in the U.S., including over 215,000 teen abortions. Eight in ten of these pregnancies were unintended and 81 percent were to unmarried teens.

Planned Parenthood: 800-230-PLAN

National Adoption Center: 800-862-3678

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted infections (STD’s) are diseases that are spread through sexual contact. If you have sex with someone who has an STD, you can get it too. STD’s are among the most common diseases in the United States. About one in four Americans has an STD.

Dangers of STD’s

Chlamydia and gonorrhea can make a woman sterile so she can never have a baby. Herpes can cause sores or irritation on the genitals. The sores can come back again and again. Some types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cause genital warts. Other types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women.

STD’s in pregnant women can cause problems with pregnancy and lead to serious, sometimes fatal, infections in the baby.

HIV can KILL you! The surest ways to prevent STD’s is not to have sex. There are many ways to show love and feel good without having sex.

To learn more about STD’s, talk with your doctor or nurse, go to your local health department, or call:

American Social Health Association (ASHA) – 888.783.2437, 24 hours a day.

National STI Hotline – 800.227.8922 – 24 Hours a day

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues of the breast usually the duct tubes that carry milk to the nipple and lobules (glands that make milk). Breast cancer is the #1 cancer causing deaths in the country. It occurs in both men and women, although breast cancer is very rare in men. Estimated new cases and deaths in 2009 – 192,370 women, 40,170 in men.

Depressive Disorders

A recent study sponsored by the World Health Organization and the WORLD BANK found Unipolar major depression to be the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

Average age of depressive disorders in 14.5 years old, compared to 50 years ago was 29. Women between the ages of 25 – 44 are most often affected by depression with major cause being ANGER. Approximately 18.8 million American adults (9.5 percent) of the U.S. population aged 18 and older in a given year have depressive disorder.

Nearly twice as many women (12.4 million) than men (6.4 million) are affected by a depressive disorder each year.

Single Family Households

There were 12.9 million one parent families in 2006, 10.4 million single mother familes and 2.5 million single father families. Just over two-thirds of the nations 73.7 million children under 18 live with two married parents in 2006. An estimated 5.8 million stay at home parents, 5.6 million mothers and 159,000 fathers.

In 2008 there were 9% single parent households: 2 million headed by single fathers, 10 million by single mothers, 67 percent of children live with two married parents, 38 percent of homes were unmarried.

Children who live with both biological parents at age 14 are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, then those kids who live with a single parent, a step parent or neither parent.

Children from disruptive households are 20 percent more unlikely to attend college, than children with interactive relationships.