Today is day two of The 16 Days Campaign.
Today I will simply present you with some facts. These statistics are sobering, and they are also disgraceful. How can we as a family, a community allow this to continue?
These statistics are according to the Domestic Violence Statistics website.
Worldwide, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. The perpetrators are often members of her own family.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
Children learn abuse behaviors by witnessing abuse and mistreatment of their mother or another family member every day within their own families. Then they oftentimes either become a perpetrator themselves or a victim because they do not know any other way of life besides what they have lived through.
Men who witness domestic violence while growing up are twice as likely to later perpetrate in their own adult relationships.
Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the United States alone.
According to reports, up to 95% of women who have been abused never contact support organizations, shelters, or police for help. (I believe that this number is not exaggerated. I will elaborate my reasoning as the days progress.)
If you are being abused or know someone who is, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).
The CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is an ongoing, nationally-represented telephone survey that collects detailed information on sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization from adult women and men in the United States. NISVS is the first ongoing survey dedicated solely to describing and monitoring these forms of violence as public health issues. Their survey can be found at here.
I have summarized some of the facts for you, as follows:
More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking or physical violence.
Nearly 1 in 10 women in the United States has been raped by an intimate partner, and 16.9% of women and 8.0% of men have experienced sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner.
About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner.
Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner.
Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.
More than half of women who have reported being raped say they were raped by an intimate partner, such as a boyfriend, romantic interest, or spouse.
Among men, more than half report being raped by an acquaintance.
It is estimated that 13% of women and 6% of men have experienced sexual coercion.
79.6% of female rape victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25 years.
42.2% of female rape victims experienced their first rape before the age of 18 years.
More than one quarter of male rape victims experienced their first rape before they were 10 years of age.
My prayer for you today is that these statistics will help to open your eyes, your mind, and your heart.
In His Grace,