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What You All Need to Know March 10, 2011

Posted by Syd in Domestic Abuse.

One of the most informative links we received this morning was one from the Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP). 

The entire site is an invaluable resource and I strongly encourage all of you to click over to the DVAP right away.  They have an excellent, comprehensive Resource Packet for last year’s project and it’s well worth the time to sort through the links.  (Please note the packet covers just the United States at the moment, and we will be including global coverage in future posts.) One of the inserts in particular is worth noting – Domestic and Sexual Violence:  Incidence, Prevalence and Security.

You should download and read, but to just highlight some of the shocking statistics below:

  • Nearly 1 in 4 women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood1, and each year approximately 2.3million people are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
  • Every day in the United States, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner.

So, you know what?  You probably know a victim if you aren’t one yourself.    Your crowded subway or bus?  A quarter of those women have been beaten or raped.    And this just isolated to women.  While men may experience rape at a smaller percentage (and again, this is just is what is reported), 1 in 33 is not insignificant.

These figures and depressing, and daunting.   While there are some indications that things are improving (a 27% to 51% increase in reporting rates of women, and a 37% increase in men), those percentages still leave a great many crimes unreported.  In addition, the insert goes on to note:

  • In 2009, a 24-hour survey of domestic violence programs across the nation found that while over 65,000victims were served in one day, there were over 9,000 unmet requests for services.
  • A 2009 survey of rape crisis centers indicated that 25% of centers have a waiting list for crisis services,61% of centers have 3 or fewer staff and 56% have had to reduce staff due to funding cuts

So what can we do?

For starters, please retweet these stats if you are on Twitter, or post a link on Facebook. However, if you want to get even more involved, the website also provides information they invite you to distribute you locally (please give credit to the original authors whenever possible) but also suggestions regarding events you may want to set up yourself in your own town.

If that is something you are interested in doing, please let us know!  We will put as much word out there as possible, and if it’s local to any of us, attend!



1. spork - March 11, 2011

these stats do not get publicized enough. it may be unpleasant to hear. but lots of unpleasant things are common knowledge and i daresay this is not.

2. Az - March 11, 2011

Is there a place for child abuse here? I was recently made aware of a website in Guatemala where you can “buy” kids to have sex with. Because it is so underground the conditions are horrible. Apparently, to qualify, the person has to send in a video of himself actually having sex with a minor to show that they are “legit”. Police is getting nowhere with this, probably because they are being bribed and I don’t know if there is any international agency that an be notified so that they can do something about this, because knowing the joke that is the justice system in Guatemala, nothing will be done about this on a domestic level. I mean, the last thing I want my country to turn into is a pedophile destination spot like Thailand!

3. Syd - March 11, 2011

Absolutely! People have sent a ton, ton of information so we’re just slogging through it now to post, but that is definitely something we want to touch upon.

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