1 in 5 Women Have Been Victims of Sexual Assault

CDC conducts first study for new annual report
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2011 6:29 PM CST
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(Newser) – A new CDC study—the first in what will be annual reports on violence between intimate partners—has some rough numbers, as per Bloomberg and the Washington Post:

  • 1 in 4 women have been physically assaulted by a husband or boyfriend
  • 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives
  • 1 in 6 women have been stalked
  • 1 in 7 men have been physically assaulted by a partner
  • About 1.3 million women were sexually assaulted in the year prior to the study
  • Most who have experienced such violence did so before age 25

“The prevalence of sexual and intimate partner violence is staggering,” says a representative of one advocacy group. (Read more domestic violence stories.)

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