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CDC Surveys Sheds Light on Prevalence of Sexual Violence in U.S.

CDC Surveys Sheds Light on Prevalence of Sexual Violence in U.S.

September 8, 2014 — About 19% of women and 2% of men in the U.S. have been raped at some point in their lives, while many more have experienced other forms of sexual violence, according to a recent CDC report, the Washington Times reports.

For the report, researchers analyzed data from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which consisted of telephone surveys of more than 12,000 U.S. adults.

The researchers found that 44% of women -- the equivalent of 53 million nationwide -- and 23% of men -- or 27 million -- reported experiencing a form of sexual violence other than rape. In addition, 23 million women and almost two million men in the U.S. have been raped, according to the results.

Most respondents said they first experienced sexual violence or rape by age 25. The report also found that most perpetrators were current or former partners, acquaintances, or family members, while rapes by strangers or "persons of authority," such as coaches or clergy members, were less prevalent.

The reported also noted that 99% of the female respondents were raped by men, while 79% of male respondents also were raped by men (Wetzstein, Washington Times, 9/4).