Occurs at the Hands of Someone You are to
Love and/or Trust
Domestic-Sexual Abuse takes a dismaying variety of forms, from domestic
violence including battering; sexual abuse; child sexual abuse; marital rape; intimate partner abuse; date rape; and abuse
related to exploitation. All are violations of the most fundamental human rights. Domestic-Sexual Abuse affects
the lives of millions worldwide, in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and
religious barriers, also impeding the right of women, to participate fully in society.
'1' IN 3 females have been beaten, coerced into
otherwise abused in their lifetime, and go silent.
* Silence is deadly! *
'1' IN 3 — the number of women who are raped, assaulted by a
partner, or otherwise victims of Domestic-Sexual Abuse. This
represents a wife(ex), a girlfriend(ex), a niece, a cousin, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend.
- One in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.
(Source: Sexual Assault Experiences and Perceptions of Community Response to Sexual Assault, 2001)
- One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
(Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
- On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.
(Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund)
nine seconds, a woman is beaten in the United States.
(Source: American Institute
on Domestic Violence 2001)
- Women ages 20-34 endure the highest rates of domestic
(Source: American Institute on Domestic Violence 2001)
- Only about one in five domestic violence victims with physical injuries seek professional medical
(Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics)
- Sexual violence starts very early in life. More than half of all rapes of women (54%) occur before age 18; 22% of
these rapes occur before age 12.
(Source: Tjaden and Thoennes, 2000)
- Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of injury to women. It affects 1-3 million
women a year in the U.S., making it more common than muggings, stranger rapes and car accidents combined.
(Source: Frisso JA et al., 1996. Tjaden P, Thoennes N, 1998)
crime against adults accounts for almost 15% of total crime costs: over $67 billion per year.
(Source: Victim Cost and Consequences: A New Look. National Institute of Justice Research Report, Jan. 1996)