CDC: 1 in 5 American Women Experience Rape


Nearly 1 in 5 American women experience rape during their lifetime, according to an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control released Sept. 5.

The report covers sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence using data from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

“An estimated 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men have been raped during their lifetimes; an estimated 1.6 percent of women reported that they were raped in the 12 months preceding the survey,” researchers write.

The figures are nearly unchanged from last year's report.

The annual report has faced harsh criticism in the past, because its figures are at odds with other national crime studies and it includes a broad definition of intimate partner violence.

It is based on interviews conducted in 2011, with 14,155 people (7,758 women and 6,397 men).

“An estimated 43.9 percent of women and 23.4 percent of men experienced other forms of sexual violence during their lifetimes,” researchers write.

Read the full report HERE.

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