Domestic-Sexual Abuse

Domestic-Sexual Abuse
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 sex, or
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)
  • Every 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 violence.
    (Source: American Institute on Domestic Violence 2001)
  • Only about one in five domestic violence victims with physical injuries seek professional medical treatment.
    (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)
  • Domestic 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)

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