Nearly 1 in 5 Women Sexually Assaulted, Says U.S. Survey
Rape is a crime of violence, not a sexual act. For centuries during wars and battles, the winner received the spoils which in less humane circumstances involved the women of the conquered peoples sometimes being raped. In conflicts around the world today, this has happened and continues to happen. Though such violence is anathema, wars breed the worst in individuals. That is why the results of a U.S. Survey about women being sexually assaulted is unnerving, especially because such violence appears to occur more frequently than what was once believed.
According to a government survey conducted in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the support of the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense, nearly one in five women said they had been raped or had deflected an attempted rape. One in four claimed they had been struck by their partner. One in six said they had been stalked.
In concrete terms, the CDC identifies the following numbers. In the U.S. on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner. Putting it into broader focus, then, yearly, 12 million women and men fit into this category. In a further breakdown, more than 1 million women are raped and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking. That's each year! The disturbing survey results indicate that sexual violence, stalking and relationship violence are widespread and constitute mental and emotional health problems for the violators and the victims.
The study was comprised of a nationally representative population of 16,507 adults. Conducted as a continuing telephone survey, researchers asked questions about aggressive behaviors not typically studied before, including sexual violence in addition to rape, psychological abuse, coercion and manipulation of reproductive and sexual health. Regarding the definition of rape, researchers defined it as "completed forced penetration, forced penetration facilitated by drugs or alcohol, or attempted forced penetration," according to reports.Continued on the next page