April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence is a serious public health problem in the United States. Sexual violence affects millions of people each year in the United States. Sexual violence impacts health in many ways and can lead to short and long-term physical and mental health problems. Victims may experience chronic pain, headaches, and sexually transmitted diseases. They are often fearful or anxious and may have problems trusting others.
A staggering one-in-three women, experience physical, sexual abuse
Sexual Assault Statistics | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Women with disabilities are often overlooked in research on and activism to end the sexual abuse of women. This omission is particularly troubling considering that the limited research to-date consistently reveals that men sexually abuse women with disabilities at a similar or higher rate than women without disabilities. This report offers a critical summary of studies pertaining to the sexual abuse of women with disabilities. Further, it draws on that summary and critique to recommend that professionals and activists remedy what is at present a deeply disturbing oversight by committing to the provision of services and outreach, as well as the undertaking of research activities, tailored to address the needs and experiences of this population. The existing research on the sexual abuse of women with disabilities suffers from inconsistencies in methods, definitions, timeframes, and populations. As a result, it is difficult if not impossible to reach nuanced conclusions based on empirical research findings. Indeed, the disparities in findings are often so great that we cannot be certain we are even discussing the same problem.
Retrieved from the U. Violence in the Workplace, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: Prevalence, characteristics and risk factors.
Here is the grim reality, in numbers: A third of all women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, half of women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family, and violence perpetrated against women is as common a cause of death and incapacity for those of reproductive age, as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than road accidents and malaria combined. It damages flesh and reverberates in memory. Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed, adding that consequences of a one-time act can sprawl into damaging long-term effects. Women who experience physical or sexual abuse are twice as likely to have an abortion, and the experience nearly doubles their likelihood of falling into depression.