On December 14, The New York Times had an article titled “Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Report Sexual Assault.”
The article discusses various findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey that was conducted by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Various aspects of the survey are noteworthy.
A couple of excerpts from the article:
Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and one in four reported having been beaten by an intimate partner. One in six women have been stalked, according to the report.
The researchers defined rape as completed forced penetration, forced penetration facilitated by drugs or alcohol, or attempted forced penetration.
By that definition, 1 percent of women surveyed reported being raped in the previous year, a figure that suggests that 1.3 million American women annually may be victims of rape or attempted rape.
That figure is significantly higher than previous estimates. The Department of Justice estimated that 188,380 Americans were victims of sexual violence last year. Only 84,767 assaults defined as forcible rapes were reported in 2010, according to national statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.