According to a CDC report, one in five American Women experience rape at some point of their life. A majority experience sexual violence before the age of 25 while another 40% experience some form of sexual violence.
The CDC study said “Although progress has been made in efforts to prevent sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence, these forms of violence continue to exact a substantial toll upon U.S. adults,”.
More than 50% of the victims said that they were sexually violated before they reach the age of 25. The finding is in line with a UNICEF report which said that one in 10 girls were sexually violated before the age of 20.The CDC recommends a number of measures to combat sexual violence. This includes changing societal expectation and promoting safe relationships.
“The early promotion of healthy relationships while behaviors are still relatively modifiable makes it more likely that young persons can avoid violence in their relationships,” the report said.
However there is no paucity of people who feel that the CDC studies over states the problem. According to the CDC report one in five American women face some kind of sexual violence before they reach the age of 25. Experts contend that this is comparable to the situation in war torn Congo.
The CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey states that in 2010 approximately 1.3 million women were raped. Another 12.6 million women and men were victims of sexual violence.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hailed the report for giving “a clear picture of the devastating impact these violent acts have on the lives of millions of Americans.”