Women’s Self-Defense Statistics

  • A woman is raped every 46 seconds in America.
  • Every day, 4 women are killed by their abusive partners.
  • 25% of girls and 17% of boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 years old.
  • 14% of all American women acknowledge having been violently abused by a husband or boyfriend.
  • From 1992 to 1993 29% of all violence against women by a lone offender was by an intimate partner.
  • 75% of domestic homicides occur after the victim has broken off a relationship with the perpetrator.
  • 28% of all homicides of women are domestic violence related.
  • 95% of reported domestic assaults the female is the victim and the male is the perpetrator.
  • 75% of every rape is committed by a man that the victim knows.
  • 25% of rapes take place in a public area or a parking garage.

Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Violence or Battering)

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.  Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury.

Sexual Violence

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day.  Other estimates, such as those generated by the FBI, are much lower because they rely on data from law enforcement agencies. A significant number of crimes are never even reported for reasons that include the victim’s feeling that nothing can/will be done and the personal nature of the incident.

Targets & Locations

  • Young women, low-income women and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape.
  • Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence, and women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape.
  • The Justice Department estimates that 1 in 5 women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported.
  • Income is also a factor: the poorer the household, the higher the rate of domestic violence — with women in the lowest income category experiencing more than six times the rate of nonfatal intimate partner violence as compared to women in the highest income category.
  • When we consider race, we see that African-American women face higher rates of domestic violence than white women, and American-Indian women are victimized at a rate more than double that of women of other races.
  • The time of day men are most likely to attack and rape a woman is in the early morning, between 5 and 8:30 a.m.
  • The number one place women are abducted from/attacked at is grocery store parking lots.
  • Number two is office car parks/garages.
  • Number three is public restrooms.
  • Attackers are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly half of all violent crimes occur within 1 mile of the victim’s home.
  • Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

Fighting Back

If you put up any kind of a fight, attackers often get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time consuming.

Attackers admit that they won’t pick on women who are carrying umbrellas or other similar objects that can be used from a distance. Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get very close to the attacker for them to be effective as a weapon.

The danger of being the victim of a violent crime is very real. But with proper awareness, you can reduce your risk of falling prey to an attack. Don’t be a victim.  Get empowered!  Get good self defense training.

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