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Every 60 seconds in America, 24 people are a victim of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.

on December 14, 2011

The CDC released the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, also known as NISVS, today.  Here are the findings…

From http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p1214_sexual_violence.html

Key findings in the NISVS 2010 Summary Report include:

For women:

  • High rates of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence were reported by women.
    • Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped at some time in her life.
    • One in 4 women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
    • One in 6 women has experienced stalking victimization during her lifetime in which she felt very fearful or believed that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. Much of stalking victimization was facilitated by technology, such as unwanted phone calls and text messages.
  • Almost 70 percent of female victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before the age of 25.
  • Approximately 80 percent of female victims of rape were first raped before age 25.
  • Female victims of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence) were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health problems than female non–victims.
  • Across all forms of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence), the vast majority of victims knew their perpetrator (often an intimate partner or acquaintance and seldom a stranger).

For men:

  • About 1 in 7 men has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
  • One in 19 men has experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • Almost 53 percent of male victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before age of 25
  • More than one-quarter of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger.
  • Male victims of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence) were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health problems than male non-victims.

From http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/t1214_sexual_violence.html

“More than 1 million women reported being raped in the 12 months prior to taking this survey.

Many more women and men reported being victims of other forms of sexual violence.

More than 6 million women and men were a victim of stalking.

These were victims who reported being very fearful and believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed as a result.

More than 12 million women and men reported rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner over the course of a year.

That equals 24 people per minute being a victim of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in this country.

Most of these victims first experienced these types of violence before they were 25 years old, often during their teenage years.”

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2 responses to “Every 60 seconds in America, 24 people are a victim of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.

  1. Hearing things like this just breaks my heart. I’ve experienced many years of abuse, I am one of those numbers on the charts you’ve listed above. It is my hope that in sharing my secrets maybe just one person will find solace in my story. That my life would have mattered and someone witnessing abuse might speak up for someone who has no voice at all.

  2. Angles of Secrets,
    Yes, sharing our stories helps those who are going through the same thing as well as those who never have had to. Even more, it helps us. When we share our secrets, they can no longer bind us in shame. I agree…there are so many without a voice. Bringing attention to these problems may help someone else NOT to have to go through the same thing.

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