Based on a 2010 survey, 24 people in the U.S. every minute are victims of intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence could be stalking, physical violence or rape or other forms of sex abuse and this has become widespread and now is considered a public health problem.  In a year’s time victims total more than 12 million women and men, and of these more than 1 million women are victims of rape. Stalking is considered a form of mental violence or emotional harassment and in an average year over 6 million women and men are victimized by a stalker.

Sex abuse and violence is when sexual activity is not consented to or given freely. This has become a huge problem in the United States and the majority of victims are women. The perpetrator is usually a male, known to the female victim. It can be anyone, a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker.

Sex abuse is extremely serious and is considered a public health problem in the U.S. affecting millions of people every year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women have or will be raped in their lifetime and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape as well.  Nearly half of all women and a fifth of men in the U.S. have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives.

Statistics show that 13% of women and 6% of men have been or will be forced to participate in unwanted sex in their lifetimes. About 1 in 21 men have been forced to penetrate another male or female during their lifetime.

Many Victims Never Report Sexual Abuse

The problem of Sexual Violence is sadly underestimated because so many victims cannot bring themselves to tell anyone, including family, friends or the authorities. Any sexual act, whether completed or not, against the victim’s will, or with someone who is unable to give consent, is considered sexual violence.

Sexual abuse includes:

  • Any sexual activity where one party has not given consent
  • Any sexual activity where one party is unable to freely give consent
  • Any unwanted sexual contact
  • Any unwanted sexual experience, including non-contact, such as verbal sexual harassment

Sexual abuse can be perpetrated by anyone:

  • A current or former intimate partner
  • A family member, including a parent or grandparent
  • A person in position of power or trust, including a teacher, coach, priest or boss
  • A friend, acquaintance, neighbor, or shopkeeper
  • A stranger, or someone known only by sight

The long-term physical, emotional and mental health problems that result from sex abuse are devastating. Victims of rape are often violently attacked and sometimes even killed. Survivors continue to experience the after effects of chronic pain, headaches, STDs, and sometimes when the victim is very young, the inability to have children.

Anxiety disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, depression, fearfulness, problems trusting others and isolation often plague victims of sex abuse. The ongoing unresolved anger and stress can lead to eating disorders and even thoughts of suicide.

Because our treatment center relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression, PTSD and other mental health disorders that may result from intimate partner violence.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.