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WHO Finds Violence Against Women Is 'Shockingly' Common

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Juanita Ryan (far left), Lori Westphal, Maureen Foster, Othelia Schulz, Karen Pagett, Delores Rosin, Kim Randall, Gladys Pearce. The sewing circle tries to help abused women and children start new lives. Emilie Ritter Saunders for NPR hide caption

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