I enjoyed reading a recent Community Voices article on domestic violence by Lisa Green and Kristin Barnard ("The forgotten victims of domestic violence: children," Oct. 27). I recently lost someone close to me due to domestic violence.

I am thankful for their article, and I agree that we need to speak up when we know someone is being abused. Statistics reveal that every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. However, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

In addition, everyday in the U.S., more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends, and domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

I was also saddened to learn that 92 percent of women have listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern. I think much more should be done on a local level to help those who are faced with domestic violence.

— Liana Recio, Bakersfield