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Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped, study reveals

December 15, 2011

The BBC website has a very sobering story. As we approach the end of the twelfth year of this new century this stark and horrible statistic is a salient reminder that violence against women (and not only overt violence) is remains endemic in all our societies. Feminists, Marxists, Freudians and Jungians may all have differing interpretations of this fact, but the theories pale in significance in the glaring horror of the phenomenon.

Nearly 20% of women in the US are raped or suffer attempted rape at some point in their lives, a US study says.

Even more women, estimated at 25%, have been attacked by a partner or husband, the Centers for Disease Control said.

The findings form part of the first set of results from a nationwide study surveying sexual violence by intimate partners against men and women.

More than 24 people a minute reported rape, violence, or stalking, it says, with 12 million offences reported.

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) described the results of the first year of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey as "astounding".

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