Thursday, December 15, 2011

1 in 4 US women victims of severe violence [ Survey Report ]

[ via Yahoo News ] 15 Dec

While the West blames many third world countries for violence against women, a startling survey carried out by a research group in Atlanta, USA reveals that 1 in 4 women were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends.

"It's the first time we've had this kind of estimate" on the prevalence of intimate partner violence, said Linda Degutis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One expert called the new report's estimate on rape and attempted rape "extremely high" — with 1 in 5 women saying they were victims. About half of those cases involved intimate partners. No documentation was sought to verify the women's claims, which were made anonymously. But advocates say the new rape numbers are plausible.

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.

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