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Millions of Americans Are Victims of Sexual Violence: CDC
Date:12/14/2011

effects can last a lifetime. For example, "It's much more likely that women who experience violence will have long-term health problems," Degutis said.

The treatment and aftermath of sexual violence is also expensive, costing the nation more than $8 billion a year, Degutis said.

The new report is the first to provide national and state-level estimates of sexual violence. It's also the first report in 15 years to quantify the extent of this problem.

Other key findings include:

For women:

  • One in four women has suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
  • One in six has been stalked during her lifetime, thinking that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. Much of the stalking occurred over the phone and, more recently, by text messages.
  • Almost 70 percent of females were under 25 when they experienced some type of intimate partner violence for the first time.
  • About 80 percent of rape victims experienced the assault before the age of 25.
  • Women who experienced sexual violence, stalking or intimate partner violence were more likely to report physical and mental health problems than non-victims.
  • Most women who were victims knew their abuser.

For men:

  • About one in seven men has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
  • One in 19 has been stalked at some time. These men were fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • Almost 53 percent of the victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence before they were the age of 25.
  • Over 25 percent of male rape victims were raped when they were 10 years of age or younger.
  • Male victims of sexual violence were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health problems than non-victims.

One expert in the field called the magnitude of the pr
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