Idaho Perinatal Project

Posted:12/19/2011

The CDC released findings from a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Sexual assault and domestic violence remains a critical problem with lifelong health consequences with 1 in 5 adult women reporting attempted rape at some point, and 1 in 4 reported having been beaten by an intimate partner. The study also shows that 1 in 71 men have been raped, mostly when they were under the age of 11. We are including links to three of the top stories, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

National Data—Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence

The CDC report is based on a randomized telephone survey of about 9,000 women and 7,400 men. Among the findings for intimate partner violence:

  • As many as 29 million women say they have suffered severe and frightening physical violence from a boyfriend, spouse or other intimate partner. That includes being choked, beaten, stabbed, shot, punched, slammed against something or hurt by hair-pulling.
  • That number grows to 36 million if slapping, pushing and shoving are counted.
  • Almost half of the women who reported rape or attempted rape said it happened when they were 17 or younger.
  • As many as 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes, compared to about 1 in 10 men.
  • Both men and women who had been menaced or attacked in these ways reported more health problems. Female victims, in particular, had significantly higher rates of irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, frequent headaches and difficulty sleeping.
  • 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.
  • In the 12 months prior to the survey, more than 7 million women were the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • The data also states that women are four times more likely than men to be beaten; six times more likely to be slammed against something; and nine times more likely to be strangled or suffocated. Seventy-two percent of women and 18 percent of men reported being frightened by the violence.

Idaho Specific Data

The CDC has stated “comparisons should not be made across gender or states as differences may not be statistically significant (different) and the calculations require extensive statistical work due to the weighting of the percentages by population.” States only needed 20 surveys to be included, and we do not know how many surveys were completed from Idaho and/or how many initiated but did not complete interviews or how many refused interviews. The report also does not indicate the context in which violence was used, i.e., self-defense or anticipatory violence.

Impact of the Survey on Our Work

The alarming and sobering report has major implications for our work. Several of the CDC numbers are higher than those of other sources. For example, the CDC study suggests that 1.3 million women have suffered rape, attempted rape or had sex forced on them in the previous year. That statistic is more than seven times greater than what was reported by a Department of Justice household survey conducted last year.

The Idaho Coalition is striving to improve our prevention, intervention and response to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. We were proud to have more than 850 people attend the Idaho Summit on Sexual Violence. And through the Center for Healthy Teen Relationships and Start Strong Idaho, both projects of the Idaho Coalition, we continue to be at the forefront of policy and programmatic efforts to promote healthy teen relationships end and prevent dating abuse and sexual assault against young people.

Most importantly, this report underscores how critical your work truly is. Thank you for standing with us to engage voices to create social change—together we can move toward e a society with respectful, equal relationships, and safe, thriving communities.