The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a press release entitled “Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Widespread in the US” about an ongoing National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The goal is to collect evidence and statistics to more effectively address sexual assault and domestic violence.
Here’s a summary of findings from the 2010 NISVS survey pertaining to women:
1. High rates of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence were reported by women.
- Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped at some time in their life.
- 1 in 4 women have been a victim of sever physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
- 1 in 6 women have experience stalking victimization during their lifetime in which she felt very fearful of believed that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. Much of the stalking victimization was facilitated by technology, such as unwanted phone calls and text messages.
2. Almost 70% of female victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before the age of 25.
3. Approximately 80 percent of female victims of raper were first raped before age 25.
4. Female victims of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence) were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health problems than non-female victims.
5. Across all forms of violence (sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence), the vast majority of victims knew their perpetrator (often an intimate partner or acquantaince and seldom a stranger).
While there were no results broken down for the city of Milwaukee, the NISVS published summary reports by state.
- Approximately 21,840,000 women will raped by any perpetrator in their lifetime (CLICK HERE for details)
- Approximately 912,000 women will be a victim of sexual violence by any perpetrator other than rape in their lifetime (CLICK HERE for details)
- Approximately 280,000 women will be a victim of stalking by any perpetrator in their lifetime (CLICK HERE for details)
- Approximately 714,000 women will be victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (CLICK HERE for details)
Also written in the press release:
“This report highlights the heavy toll that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence places on adults in this country. These forms of violence take the largest toll on women, who are more likely to report immediate impacts and long-term health problems caused by their victimization,” said Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC′s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “Much victimization begins early in life, but the consequences can last a lifetime.”
The report findings also underscore violence as a major public health burden and demonstrate how violence can have impacts that last a lifetime. For instance, the findings indicate female victims of violence had a significantly higher prevalence of long-term health problems, including irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, and difficulty sleeping. And nearly twice as many women who were victims of violence reported having asthma, compared to women who did not report violence victimization.
- Never Alone Milwaukee (sexual advocacy group currently in development)
- Milwaukee Against Sexual Violence (MASV)
- ASHA Family Services
- Sojourner Family Peace Center
- The Healing Center
- Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC)
- UMOS Latina Resource Center (under Social Services)
- Planned Parenthood Wisconsin
- Milwauke Women’s Center
- Milwaukee LGBT Center- Anti Violence Project (AVP)
There are many many more not listed here. See the resource page for Milwaukee County on www.TimeToSpeakUp.org’s website.