US unveils disturbing sex survey

Nearly one in five American women has been victims of rape or attempted rape at some point in their lives, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday in a disturbing report on sexual violence in the United States.

Releasing the results of a first-ever survey of nearly 10,000 women contacted randomly by telephone in 2010, the federal agency said 18.3 percent of women “have been raped at some time in their lives.”

That includes “completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration,” it added in an executive summary of the 113-page report posted on its website (www.cdc.gov).

Just over half of female rape victims (51.1 percent) said they had been targeted by an “intimate partner” — a current or former partner or spouse — and 40.8 percent by an acquaintance.

It also found that 1.3 million women had been raped during the year preceding the survey — a substantially higher number than the 188,380 rapes and sexual assaults cited in a Department of Justice crime survey for 2010.

And it revealed that 24.3 percent of women — and nearly one in seven men — have suffered “severe physical violence” at the hands of an intimate partner, such as being hit, slammed against a surface, or beaten.

“This landmark report paints a clear picture of the devastating impact these violent acts have on the lives of millions of Americans,” Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.

In a statement, she said the findings of the ongoing National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey would help the administration of President Barack Obama shape policy to combat domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Scott Berkowitz, president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, or RAINN, the nation’s biggest anti-sexual violence group, said the data on the lifetime risk of rape was “pretty close” to levels seen in previous studies.

But he added “it’s hard to know what to make” of the yawning difference in the number of rapes in the CDC report and the Department of Justice survey, which is based on a substantially bigger number of respondents.

“We really need to look into this more,” he told AFP. “But overall, it shows what crime statistics have shown for years — that this is an enormously violent crime that affects nearly every family in America.”

The report also touched upon male rape, finding that one in 71 men — nearly five percent of all American men — had been raped in their lifetime, based on responses from more than 7,400 men who participated in the survey.

More than a quarter of them, or 27.8 percent, said they had been raped before they were 10 years old.

The report called sexual and intimate-partner violence a major public health concern, with survivors liable to face everything from actual physical injury to mental illness and gynaecological or pregnancy complications.

“These consequences can lead to hospitalisation, disability or death,” it said.

15 comments to US unveils disturbing sex survey

  • Raja

    I suppose it’s an honest mistake.

    I’d always heard that it was more like 1 in 3 women experiencing sexual violence. Perhaps this survey used a stricter definition.

  • steeleweed

    but I doubt anyone is spiking the water (beer) supply with testosterone.

    As SPK posted earlier with the link to the UVermont fraternity questionaire, something is very wrong with the national psyche.

    Maybe we have massive brain malfunction.
    Once you dehumanize others, anything goes. The question is how the dehumanizing outlook is established in the first place.
    Dare I say bad parenting is a nationwide epidemic?


    Libertarianism: MiracleGro for the feeble-minded.

  • JustPlainDave

    here.

    Methodologically this is very interesting. I see a couple of patterns in the description of the weighting that lead me to believe that this might (I emphasize might) be a study that could be a bit more prone to producing a high bound estimate, but I’d have to poke at our equivalent data a bit more to be at all certain (relates to trade-offs between likelihood of reporting sexual violence vs. likelihood of experiencing it – I don’t yet have a great sense of the dynamics here). All in all, very important and likely to have a big impact.

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • adrena

    is caused by nationwide toxic gender relations?


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

  • adrena

    Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

    1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.

    2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

    3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

    4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

    5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

    6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

    7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

    8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

    9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

    10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident”you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

    Provided by Feminist Law Professors

    I would add one more.

    Do not get drunk if you have difficulty controlling your sexual urges.


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

  • JustPlainDave

    …taken in one of Neal Stephenson’s novels – tattooing warning labels per the criteria above between the eyebrows and hairline of known offenders would work wonders.

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • Jelco Cathlon

    1 in 5 countries raped by the americans.

  • adrena

    Although, the problem is the majority of offenders remain unknown and if they do get caught, very often the legal system lets them get away with it. Victim blaming serves the same purpose as slut shaming: control, control, control.


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

  • steeleweed

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo did to her rapist.

    Libertarianism: MiracleGro for the feeble-minded.

  • steeleweed

    that reminds me of “Do not get drunk if you have difficulty controlling your sexual urges.”

    1920s-style ad with guy offering his date a drink.
    She turns him down – says “alcohol causes problems with my legs”.
    He asks it it makes them swell.
    She says “No – it makes them spread”.
    :-P

    Libertarianism: MiracleGro for the feeble-minded.

  • Raja

    NCVC:

    Seventy-seven (77)% of completed rapes are committed by non-strangers (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997). A woman is four times more likely to be raped by an acquaintance than by a stranger (Illinois Coaliltion Against Sexual Assault, 2002).

    […]

    Many myths incorrectly characterize rape victims as “sexually loose” individuals who are “asking for it.” On the contrary, victims of acquaintance rape are victims of violence and domination. The prejudicial myths and attitudes surrounding rape victims are what hinder the criminal justice system. Quite often the evidence depends on the victim’s word against that of the rapist’s; therefore, instead of the offender being tried, the victim’s morals, lifestyle, dress and actions are put on trial. As a result, convictions are difficult to get, and police and prosecutors are often reluctant to pursue acquaintance rape cases.

    Via Feministing: More on why victim blaming is not a good way to prevent binge drinking

  • adrena

    I worded it wrong. I should have said that as a result of the case falling apart in court, you cannot tattoo a warning label on a rapist’s forehead and therefore, the majority of sex offenders who are known to the victim will remain unknown to the public.


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

  • adrena

    from your link 1 in 3 sexual assaults the perpetator was intoxicated. It’s time to encourage men to limit their alcohol consumption on a night out.


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

  • Raja

    with that sort of “cruel and unusual” punishment.

  • adrena

    for such cruel treatment. My initial response was to JPD’s comment who, I’m positive, is also not advocating for this approach.


    Sexual inequality is “The Mother of all Inequalities”.
    Liberate female sexuality and you will eliminate racism, homophobia, financial greed, and violence.

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