There’s a lot of pain in this country. The CDC has just released the results of The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, and it’s not a happy story.
Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration.
More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
Approximately 1 in 21 men (4.8%) reported that they were made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime; most men who were made to penetrate someone else reported that
the perpetrator was either an intimate partner (44.8%) or an acquaintance (44.7%).
An estimated 13% of
women and 6% of men have experienced sexual coercion
in their lifetime (i.e., unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way); and 27.2% of women and 11.7% of men have experienced unwanted sexual contact.
Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
More than one-quarter of male victims of completed rape (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.
The survey used standard methods to get a representative sample: random digit dialing of both cell and landlines, and a fairly thorough phone interview. They got about 9,000 women and 7,000 men to participate. This is a reasonably definitive study by a respected organization, and it confirms prior estimates of the frequency of rape in the US.
I just thought you’d want to know the depressing news before you went to bed.