No More

This is a new US campaign aimed at ending domestic violence and sexual assault, which is launched today, March 13th.

The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:

  • 1 in 4 women experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
  • 1 in 6 women are survivors of sexual assault.
  • 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

These are not numbers.

They’re our mothers, girlfriends, brothers, sisters, children, co-workers and friends.

They’re the person you confide in most at work, the guy you play basketball with, the people in your book club, your poker buddy, your teenager’s best friend – or your teen, herself.

The silence and shame must end for good.

You can read more about the campaign here.

2 thoughts on “No More

  1. This looks like a great campaign but I am somewhat confused by the numbers. If 1 in 4 women were sexually abused before age 18, how can only 1 in 6 women be survivors of sexual assault? (Is the 1 in 4 statistic 1 out of ever 4 women who are abused? Or do a large portion of women under 18 not survive sexual abuse?)
    Am I missing something?

    The 1 in 5 number for men is also news to me. All the other numbers for rape and sexual assault for men I’ve seen quoted are around 1 in 20. (I wonder if “sexual victimization” is a broader category.)

    I wish they had linked to their sources. I want to know if they have a new batch of data or something. If anyone finds where these numbers came from (or statistics that look at the same things, specifically), please post the link.

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