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1 in 5 American Women Has Been Raped

Posted on Dec 15, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes from a nationwide study that 18.3 percent of American women have been raped and, of that group, more than half were victimized by an intimate partner.

More information about the study and its results can be read in this executive summary.


“People who experience sexual violence, stalking or intimate partner violence often deal with the effects for their entire life,” said Dr Linda Degutis, director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Many of those attacked experience rape or sexual assault in their early years, with almost 80% of rape victims suffering their ordeal before the age of 25.

Some 35% of women raped before they were aged 18 were also raped as adults, Dr Degutis added.

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By ignorance is no excuse, December 16, 2011 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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The study also revealed shocking amounts of sexual
attacks against men.. ..It’s unfortunate that Truthdig decided
to sweep this data under the rug.

Because according to the progressive cultists all men are evil and deserve a measure of revenge taken out on them, but saying that of course isn’t sexist. This is a witch hunt that has been going on for too long.

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By james, December 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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This is misleading as usual. The new definition of rape
for women is having sex you don’t completely enjoy or
later regret. Quite ridiculous. How about the sex you felt
pressured to have…........Seriously these researchers
have to stop trivializing rape. When it happens it is a
serious serious act of despicable violence. Nowadays a
girl claims rape after having consensual sex then going
out for some ice cream with said rapist.
Truthdig should throw in that study that revealed the
astounding fact that more than 50% of rape claims are
found to be false and /or fabricated.

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By gerard, December 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

Postscript:  Consider the so-frequent use of the Passive Voice in these reports—ie—“has been raped” or the twice-removed past tense—ie—“have experienced sexual abuse etc.  Why is this?  It is a culturally ingrained habit of displacing responsibility, as though absolving men by the magic of language.  It is also a frequent feature of war reports—“was killed”, “were ambushed”, “were attacked by” etc. etc. ad nauseum.
  Anything to avoid admitting responsibility!  And what does that do to a society over time?  Consider the difference here, for example:
  1. Patrick Henry said:  “Give me liberty or give me death!”
  2. “Give me liberty or give me death,” was said by Patrick Henry.
  3. We are told in history books that “give me liberty or give me death” was the conclusion of one of Patrick Henry’s speeches.
  4. Using language to bury truth is a well known tactic of deceivers.

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By gerard, December 15, 2011 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

It just might be more beneficial to know how many men have raped a woman or women.  Then we’d know where to put the legal and psychological emphasis, wouldn’t we?

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By Miko, December 15, 2011 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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The study also revealed shocking amounts of sexual
attacks against men (of which most of these results
aren’t even mentioned in the BBC study and none of them
are mentioned in the Truthdig summary).  Violence
against men is just as serious an issue as violence
against women.  It’s unfortunate that Truthdig decided
to sweep this data under the rug.

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By kerryrose, December 15, 2011 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

I think if date rape is being included the numbers would be much higher.  Personally, by age 25, I had experienced 2 counts of attempted rape by strangers and one count of rape by an ex-boyfriend.  For some reason people don’t consider it rape when it is done by a husband, exhusband, boyfriend, or exboyfriend.  I guess permission at one time means unlimited access.

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