A survey that came out yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents some haunting statistics about rape, stalking and domestic violence. Over the course of a year, more than 12 million men and women are victims of these crimes, usually committed by an intimate partner, and more than 1 million women report being raped each year.
Says Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius: "This landmark report paints a clear picture of the devastating impact these violent acts have on the lives of millions of Americans. The information collected in this ongoing survey will serve as a vital tool in the Administration's efforts to combat domestic violence and sexual abuse. And the report underscores the importance of our Administration's work to combat domestic violence and sexual assault."
Some key findings of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey:
1. Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped at some point in her life.
2. One in 4 women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in her life.
3. One in 6 women has experienced stalking during her life, 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."
4. Female victims of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence) were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health problems than those who hadn't been victimized.
5. The vast majority of victims of these types of violence knew their perpetrator (often an intimate partner or acquaintance, and seldom a stranger).
For more findings, see the survey: Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Widespread in the U.S.