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Many people believe that since women are able to vote, file for divorce, have the write to chose, have Equal Opportunity legislation and Affirmative Action policies, the ability to get an education, a choice of careers, and legal financial protection, that there is no need for the woman’s movement. Some use these markers as success for the women’s movement and equate it to women having equality.


I want you to think of this:


Rape Statistics

  • In the United States, 1.3 women are raped every minute. That results in 78 rapes each hour, 1872 rapes each day, 56160 rapes each month and 683,280 rapes each year
  • 1 out of every 3 American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime
  • 1 in 7 women will be raped by her husband.  
  • 1 in 12 males students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape. Furthermore, 84% of the men who had committed such acts said what they had done was definitely not rape.
  • Only 16% of rapes are reported.

Domestic Abuse Statistics

  • Every 9 seconds, a woman is a victim of domestic abuse. That is 6.7 women every minute. That results in 402 women each hour, 9648 women every day, 299,088 women every year, and 3,589,056 every year.

  • 95 % of all victims of domestic violence are women.
  • Domestic Violence is the single major cause of injury to women, more than mugging and car accidents combined.

  • Domestic violence occurs in 60% of all marriages and is the most unreported crime.

In this section, you will learn about domestic abuse and rape, the two greatest violent acts performed each day in this country. You will hear one woman’s story of rape and another woman’s story of living in an abusive relationship.


The personal really is the political.

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