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Study: 1 in 5 U.S. Women Has Been Raped, Even More Have Been Abused

Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, americans, crime, culture, dishonesty, education, family, politics, religion, society, women, violence )

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The report found that nearly one in five women has been raped; one in four women has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner; and one in six women has been the victim of stalking that scared her or made her believe-->

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Cristian S (18)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:36 pm
Noted. It is said to learn about these number and it makes you wonder if they are not even more then the numbers given.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:35 pm
And I will add these numbers are much higher than reported - I say from personal experience - young women not wanting to report anything or states saying that it wasn't abuse/rape because the girls were of age - 16! They can't drink, maybe can drive, can't vote - but if they say they were raped - it is ignored because there were no screams that were heard or scratches etc.

Terry King (113)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:48 pm
I must have have lived an incredibly sheltered life.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:48 pm

Not really Terry, it's just that you're not a woman. I can honestly say that most women I have known well enough for deep personal conversations, have talked about abuse in their lives.

Terry King (113)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:36 pm
Nobody tells me anything!

Eternal Gardener (745)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:57 pm
Staggering numbers and yet not surprising, I've been there myself once. Thanks for posting Kit.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:04 pm

Yes, the numbers are staggering but still probably not a full count. Many women remain ashamed and just don't talk about this. I'm sorry you had to live through abuse EG.

William K (308)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:06 pm
How can our society consider this acceptable, by virtue of its inaction? I say that our society has been inactive on the topic, because these numbers have been cited for some time, and are well known. Nevertheless, they have not really improved.

Laura H (964)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:20 pm
When this happens you are NEVER the same.


Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:58 pm
Many of us have been raped multiple times.

Darlene K (356)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:56 pm
May more women and men find the courage and strength to fully heal from their past experiences of sexual abuse...I do believe "...what does not kill you, CAN make you stronger..." It is a choice that each has their own pace of healing. There are only survivors in my perspective. We must continue to let those who commit these acts against another..., that it is not acceptable and comes with accountability.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:11 am

Nikhil V (8)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:27 am

Debbie Franco (1)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:32 am
I agree with PlzNO. I was abused from 4 years old till now which has been about 50 years. Between physical and mental abuse I can account that I will never be okay. It has been going on so long now in our society as well as all over the world. And I am glad there are people working on teaching people that are the abuser to learn not to do it anymore. At least survivors prayers are finally being heard. God Bless!

Kenneth L (314)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:32 am
I've always been amazed that SO MANY women have been sexually abused. It's CONTROL by one person over another, especially heinous in the case of children, because they're so vulnerable and considered easier to dominate with threats, secrets, lies, physical intimidation, etc. If that isn't a crime against humanity I don't know what is. So many women have to stoic on because of men having no integrity or ethics. Bringing it into the light and making a crime known is the weapon to fight back with.

lee e (114)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:46 am
Some of us men are victims as well - it's far more common - just as dysfunctional families are far more prevalent - it probably spawns the desire to assert power - and we know that abuse and rape is about control and power. As parents we must be ever vigilant!

Angelus Silesius (125)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:57 am
One sad thing is that nowadays courting can be sometimes misconstrued as stalking. Cyrano de Bergerac would have been arrested for stalking!

As a man i am ashamed at how women are treated by other men. I am also puzzled at how some women actually like being mistreated as a turn on. It is confusing! But there is no excuse for men to assault and rape and intimidate

Lindsay K (6)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:01 am
Violence at any level is not acceptable. If one person is raped it is one too many. If one person is beaten, it is one too many. Surely there should be something in the education system somewhere along the line about respect for other people, something about 'no' meaning 'no', something about violence against another person for any reason being wrong. And if there isn't, there jolly well needs to be!

JustaHuman Here (53)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:36 am
This makes up to 20% of American men rapers (if one of them does it only once). What a sick country. What a pity that most men have their brain between their legs. Big balls - tiny brain. A nation to lead the world?
I do nit think so.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:55 am
The statistics are horrific and as the economy worsens so to the violent acts upon women.

Ben O (173)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:56 am
Absolutely un-freaking-believable!!!

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:18 pm
Nonviolence should be taught in school.

April Thompson (2)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:49 pm
So disturbing! But very real!

Kit B (276)
Friday December 16, 2011, 5:27 pm

Violence begins with children, if they are treated with love, kindness and respect then as they grow, they will share those values.

If children are treated with violence - it is perpetuated.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:38 pm
I would bet the numbers are Much higher than reported..

greenplanet e (155)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:05 pm
Some men (that includes fathers, uncles, brothers, grandfathers, people known to their victims) must think they are entitled to abuse and "that's all that girls are good for". Men who rape take advantage of the vulnerability of girls and women, and the socialization of girls and women to be "nice" and silent. Men who rape and abuse girls and women (and sometimes boys) are pathetic bullies really, but do so much harm to women's lives.

greenplanet e (155)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:05 pm
Many people who are abused will not abuse, but will vow NOT to abuse.

Kit B (276)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:11 pm

True, some who are abused will not abuse others, sadly they are the few.

Sacha Jones (18)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 3:44 am
Some civilized countries have half-way houses where women, and their children, can flee to and live in safety until problems sorted. I used to wonder why women put up with violent husbands but where to go without money?

. (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:52 am
We need to more to stop this. We can't keep letting people get away with this despicable behavior. All women and men, you don't deserve this, get out of that relationship and report them to the authorities. Friends of these abusers, you know who you are, you need to step up and stop your friends from doing this. Police, attorneys, government officials, you have to give more support to the victims and listen to their stories. No one should have to suffer like this. Everyone is worth so much more.

David C (150)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 2:54 pm
how sad....

Colin Hope (243)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 11:26 pm
Sadly Noted!!

zora b (85)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 12:09 am
We are in the 21st century, arent'we? It is very sad that women are being treated or mistreated this way. I think it is not exclusively happening in the US but throughout the world. Unfortunately. And many, many women refuse to admit ti to themselves that they are being abused let alone speak out about it in public.

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:58 am
What a sick society !

Charlie L (47)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 4:50 pm
It is a horrible reality that so many women are treated with such savagery.
zora b. brings up a point worth noting however. It is definitely not something that is exclusive to the U.S. At least in the United States we at Care2 (at least for now) can freely discuss the problem and try to think of ways to make things better. Contrast that with some African nations where women are not only raped and horribly abused, but the authorities typically turn a blind eye to crimes. Such crimes against men probably happen much more often than some believe because fewer men report the crime because of shame and embarrassment. It should never happen to anyone.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 5:11 pm
I agree - the numbers re muchhigher ..qomen do not report due to fear.. we must help!

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 7:36 am
How very sad.

Kari Knabe (14)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 8:25 am

Despina Vekris (9)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 6:01 am

Kan Gong (1)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 5:38 pm
My sister's girlfriend was stalked. She eventually had to take a restraining order out on this guy. How did it start? She met him on, and first meeting for coffee, next went for movie, then third date for dinner as she felt comfortable with him she had him pick her up at her home. When he next called her she told him , kindly, that she wasn't interested in dating him. He proceeded to stalk her for 6 months. Apparently he'd taken her license plate, knew where she lived, he continued to call, showed up at her home several times unannounced and even followed her to work and calling her employer! This poor woman was a mess and finally we convinced her to take out a restraining order. My sister, my girlfriend, myself and my friend who is a cop and his wife accompanied her down to the police station to initiate the restraining order. She'd felt embarrassed! Felt it was her fault! Next time my 150 pound boerboel protection dog and I will pay him a visit. Bet he'd get the message then!
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