In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we are posting recently released CDC1 information about the frequency of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence. It is estimated that 1.7% of men and 19.3% of women in the United States have been the victims of rape during their lifetime. Approximately 1.6% of the women being surveyed said they had been raped within the 12-month period prior to the survey. It is estimated that 23.4% of men and 43.9% of women endured other types of violent sexual encounters during their lifetime. The included: being forced to penetrate, unwanted sexual contact, sexual coercion, and unwanted sexual noncontact experiences. The numbers of men and women who were victimized through sexual violence in the 12-month period prior to taking the survey were estimated to be 5.1% of men and 5.5% of women.
It is estimated that 5.7% of men and 15.2% of women have had a stalker during their lifetime. Approximately 2.1% of men and 4.2% of women in the study were stalked in the 12-month period prior to taking the survey.
When it came to being victimized by sexual violence and a stalker, females said it was mostly men who were the perpetrators, whereas for males, the gender of the perpetrator was both. Male victims of rape mostly had male perpetrators, but when it came to other types of sexual violence endured by men, the perpetrators were mostly women who forced the man to penetrate them and forms of sexual coercion, or for other types of sexual violence like unwanted sexual contact or unwanted non-contact sexual experiences, it was evenly split between female and male perpetrators.
For women, the lifetime commonality of being raped by an intimate partner was about 8.8% and for the 12-month period prior to the survey, it was 0.8%. The study found that about 0.5% of men endured rape during their lifetime by an intimate partner. An estimated 15.8% of women, along with 9.5% of men endured other types of violence of a sexual nature during their lifetimes by an intimate partner, whereas approximately 2.1% of both genders endured these types of violence of a sexual nature in the 12-month period preceding the survey by an intimate partner.
Severe physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner, including being hit by a hard object, kicked, deliberately burned, or beaten, was endured by approximately 14.0% of men and 22.3% of women during their lifetime. Approximately 2.1% of men and 2.3% of women endured this in the 12-month period prior to doing the survey.
Finally 9.2% of women and 2.4% of men reported being stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime and an intimate partner stalked 2.5% of women and 0.8% of men during the 12-month period leading up to the survey.
For female victims of rape, approximately 78.7% were younger than 25 when first raped and 40.4% were under 18 years of age. For males who were forced to penetrate their perpetrator, approximately 71.0% were younger than 25 when victimized, and 21.3% were less than 18 years of age.
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