Ending Sexual Violence Against Others
Myth: Strangers are responsible for most sexual assaults
Fact: Between 75 and 90 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by people known to the victim.
Good news: according to a study published in 2012 (D. Finkelhor and L. Jones – Univ. of New Hampshire), there was a 62 percent decline in sexual abuse cases between 1992 and 2010.
Bad news: according to the national Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 years or older in 2012.
· According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics. That amounts to 10 million assaults a year.
More good news: the percentage of unreported violent crime declined between 1994 and 2010.
More bad news: An estimated 42 percent of serious violent crime (including rape and sexual assault) goes unreported.
April is National Sexual Violence Awareness. Here are a few websites to find more information and support.
· Rape, Abuse and Incest national Network - https://www.rainn.org/about-rainn
· National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010) https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf
· National Alliance to End Sexual Violence http://endsexualviolence.org/who-we-are/about-naesv