Survey: 1 in 4 US Women Victims of Severe Violence
By Mike Stpbbe | AP Medical Writer | 12/14/2011
ATLANTA (AP) – “It's a startling number: 1 in 4 women surveyed by the government say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends.
Experts in domestic violence don't find it too surprising, although some aspects of the survey may have led to higher numbers than are sometimes reported.
Even so, a government official who oversaw the research called the results "astounding."
"It's the first time we've had this kind of estimate" on the prevalence of intimate partner violence, said Linda Degutis of the centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The survey, released by the CDC Wednesday, marks the beginning of a new annual project to look at how many women say they've been abused.
One expert called the new report's estimate on rape and attempted rape "extremely high" - with 1 in 5 women saying they were victims. About half of those cases involved intimate partners. No documentation was sought to verify the women's claims, which were made anonymously.
But advocates say the new rape numbers are plausible.
"It's a major problem that often is under-estimated and over-looked,"said Linda James, director of health for Futures Without Violence, a San Francisco-based organization that advocates against domestic abuse.
The CDC report is based on a randomized telephone survey of about 9,000 women.
Among the findings:
--- As many as 29 million women say they have suffered severe and frightening physical violence from a boyfriend, spouse or other intimate partner. That includes being choked, beaten, stabbed, shot, punched, slammed against something or hurt by hair-pulling.
— That number grows to 36 million if slapping, pushing and shoving are counted.
— Almost half of the women who reported rape or attempted rape said it happened when they were 17 or younger.
Several of the CDC numbers are higher than those of other sources. For example, the CDC study suggests that 1.3 million women have suffered rape, attempted rape or had sex forced on them in the previous year. That statistic is more than seven times greater than what was reported by a Department of Justice household survey conducted last year.
There may be several reasons for the differences, including how the surveys were done, who chose to participate and how "rape" and other types of assault were defined or interpreted, said Shannan Catalano, a statistician with the Bureau of Justice Statistics.”
Women by reason of smaller build and lesser strength are subject to becoming the unwitting recipient of male brutality which can have various ranges of physical abuse. From high school girls that are beaten by their boyfriends, to 3 year olds that are raped, beaten and murdered by their assailants, from domestic abuse to kidnapping and murder; all are frightening in their scope, regularity, and spontaneity and leave every woman a potential victim ar some time in her life.
That there are not more laws to protect females of all ages from these horrible deeds shows an uncaring male dominated police and court system whose inefficiency has caused many females’ deaths due to their lax, and good-ole-boy attitude concerning court cases where the female is treated with callous indifference and distrust, and the male is treated with respect.
And the men that may not be abusers, rapists or murderers but just stay silent in the aftermath of a brutal assault on a woman need to get their priorities straight, as they would never allow such treatment to be visited upon themselves…but somehow it is ok for a female to be a victim? Do they secretly think “the b**ch deserves it,” or “what was she doing there?”…”Why was she dressed like that?”…”I’m not getting involved.”…is just a subterfuge for their own unresolved issues concerning women.
Men need to stand up for women instead of distrusting them, and they need to let go of the age-old theory that if he can get a girl drunk, then it’s not his fault, but her fault for what happens thereafter. The simple premise of a stronger man violating a weaker woman should be so repugnant in mens eyes that they make sure the man serves prison time as a reminder of his bully attitude towards the tender sex.
Aggression toward females should be a severe crime and handled as such, but often they deteriorate into merely misdemeanors that will almost always happen again in the future with the already apparent male hostility. We need fast action in the current cases which in the latest survey shows a vast increase than that reported by the Department of Justice survey which shows how people may be responding to the specific survey.