The Center for Disease Control issued a report on Dec. 14th. The figures are astonishingly high. I haven’t been able to access their site for some time, but here are some significant points that have shown up on Medscape:
The survey found that nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) have been raped at some time in their lives. …
One in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) experienced stalking at some point during their lifetime. Most female victims (66.2%) and about 40% of male victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence; 91% of male victims experienced physical violence alone.
Severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner was experienced by roughly 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%).
Given these figures, it can seem odd to see the report as generally saying that roughly 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men, have experienced rape, stalking and/or physical violence by an significant other. However, there is a difference between the unqualified physical violence of the summary and severe physical violence, with the latter occurring for 1 in 7 men. Even that figure is horrible.