The National Violence Against Women Survey conducted in 1997 found that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in the United States had experienced an attempted or complete rape as a child and/or as
an adult. These fisgures were arrived at with a definition of rape that includes forced vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Other studies range from 10 to 15 percent of men and 15 to 33 percent of women in this country. In 2002, 3 out of 5 sexual assault victims stated the offender was an intimate partner, a relative, a friend, or an acquaintance.
This broadcast deals mainly with adult males as perps and women or children as their victims. Adult males get raped too women are capable of some of the worst sexual and physical abuse imaginable on their own children. The majority of assaults are perpetrated on children and females under 25 years of age and from every segment of society. About 103,000 children are reported as having been sexually abused in our country out of 903,000 child maltreatment cases. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates the true figure to be closer to between 250,000 and 350,000. Roughly 1 in 12 children surveyed indicated they had been sexually victimized in
one study year alone! Statistics in nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America are equally grim or worse with children being sold as child prostitutes or indentured servants.
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