Sexual Violence: Some Numbers to Think About

This info is taken from the largest survey of American women ever done:

Tjaden, P., & Thoennes, N. (2000b). Full report of the prevalence,
incidence, and consequences of violence against women: Findings from the
National Violence Against Women Survey (NCJ 183781). Washington, DC: U.S.
Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.

It’s interesting that despite the fact that 68% of women are assaulted by a family member or trusted friend, feminists continue to push for resources to go toward prohibiting prostitution.

Do feminists really believe that a criminal justice system built and controlled by men has the capability of supporting women who really are in dire need of community support?

This is not a question of whether prostitution is acceptable to feminists. It is a call for feminists to oppose the human rights abuses and sexual discrimination that come from the enforcement of prostitution prohibition. Prohibition is NOT helping women.

If consensual prostitution were not a crime, all other laws would still be in place ie: sex with minors would still be prohibited, sex in public would still be prohibited, sex with a non-consenting partner would still be prohibited- those are the laws that actually exist to help people. The prohibition of prostitution is simply a prohibition of the CONVERSATION that occurs between sexual partners prior to consenting to the sex.

This is a prohibition of women’s ability to CHOOSE, not a prohibition of abuse.

Thanks,

Karly

Sexual Violence: Some Numbers to Think About

Sex Workers’ Health Education Project

Dequenesh & Sex Workers’ Outreach Project of Arizona

Sexual violence includes harassment, abuse, and assault. It is usually a betrayal of trust: the victim knows and trusts the perpetrator. Fear, depression, and thoughts of suicide are common reactions to it. Substance abuse and sexual acting-out may be used to cope with the trauma. Support from family, friends, and community reduces the long-term harm from sexual violence.
Help is available at any time for anyone affected by sexual violence from the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault: 520-327-7273 or 1-800-400-1001.

Sexual Assault and Abuse

About 1 in 4 or 5 women will be the victim of completed or attempted sexual assault or abuse during her lifetime (Koss, 1996)

About1 in 6 men will be the victim of completed or attempted sexual assault or abuse during his lifetime. (Mathews, 1996)

Sex workers are more likely to be victims of sexual assault because they are stigmatized and forced to work “underground,” in conditions that make them vulnerable to attackers. Street-based sex workers are the most vulnerable to date violence.

A woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. (US Dept. of Justice, 2000)

  • One in two rape victims is under 18 years old
  • One in six rape victims is under 12 years old

Only 1 in 6 rapes in Arizona is reported. (Arizona Attorney General, 2000)

  • The most common reasons given by women for not reporting these crimes are the belief that it is a private matter, and fear of reprisal by the assailant.

About 68% of female victims were raped by people they know. (Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice statistics, US Dept. of Justice, 1994)

  • 28% were raped by husbands or boyfriends
  • 35% were raped by acquaintances
  • 5% were raped by other relatives

About 90% of child sexual abuse victims are harmed by family members or people trusted by the family. About 25% of child sexual abuse victims are boys. (Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Child Maltreatment, 1995)

Posted by: karlykirchner

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