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She also couldn’t understand why it wasn’t easier to find clear, accessible information about the victims. The numbers collected by federal agencies seemed an undercount to her, based on what she was seeing in the medical field and in the news. She also noticed the names and stories of the women and girls were scattered across news sites and often squeezed into briefs that said little about them.
Those lopsided numbers are concerning. So, too, are the ones Page has collected. By the last week of December, she has gathered information on 1,472 Black women and girls whose lives ended violently and too soon. That number was an increase from the year before, which was an increase from the year before that.
This is the time of year when media outlets run those types of stories — the kind that sum up loss and place numbers in context. Those stories aren’t easy to report and less so to read, but they are important. They help us, as a community, know whether streets are growing safer or more deadly, whether efforts are proving successful or failing, whether certain groups are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the losses.
Page’s effort has not gone without criticism. She has received angry messages from people who want her to stop. And the legislative changes she would like to see happen would no doubt cause controversy. Among them, is the creation of a registry for people convicted of domestic violence. But you don’t have to agree with her to appreciate the effort she has put into pulling into one place cases from across the country that might have otherwise gone unnoticed outside of their communities.
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