America sexual

It reports that, on average, 24 people per minute in the U. are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

Each year, more than 12 million American women and men face some form of sexual violence, be it rape, physical assault (i.e., “intimate partner violence”) or stalking.

* About 1 in 6 women has been a victim of stalking during her lifetime.

Perhaps the most disturbing finding was that the vast majority of victims of sexual violence knew their perpetrator.

* About 1 in 7 men has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

* More then half (53%) of male victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before age of 25.

It’s as if the body politic is moaning, declaring that sexual intimacy, too, is a terrain of the mounting social crisis. Most pathetic, the outing of Herman Cain for an increasing number of disturbing actions involving women (e.g., pay-offs related to sexual harassment suits and an extramarital “friendship” with a woman his wife didn’t know about) forced him out of the Republican presidential race. military ended Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, enabling “out” gay people to serve their country.

Nevertheless, the study’s findings are disturbing: * More than 1 in 3 women (35.6% or approximately 42.4 million) have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime * Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped during their lifetime.

Approximately four-fifths (80%) of female victims of rape were first raped before age 25.

* * * The CDC’s report on intimate sexual violence is one scary document.

It is formally titled, “The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).” It is an empirical survey based on some 16,000 24-minute telephone interviews conducted in English and Spanish.