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The following links are more information about this first topic if you’re curious. We’ve tried to include a broad range, but there’s definitely more out there.
This website includes a list of crisis hotlines and in-depth information and definitions about the different types of sexual assault. We believe that everyone should know exactly the different types of sexual violence and harassment and their affects on victims. http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/areas-focus.html
For the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey : http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/
Information about the Liz Clairborne and LoveIsNotAbuse.org survey: http://loveisnotabuse.com/web/guest/pressreleasescurrent/-/journal_content/56/10123/193493/DEFAULT
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault: http://calcasa.org/
This is a link from SAVE, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, and it’s a response to the CDC report from which we got a lot of our information. They assert that, for several reasons, the report is fundamentally flawed. We think that, in the sense that quantitative information never accounts for individual circumstances (vs. qualitative information), yes, it’s flawed. We also think that while some of the points they raise are worth knowing and thinking about, SAVE is drawing some conclusions where there may not be substantial evidence to do so. They also quote columnist Robert VerBruggen, saying that “Researchers ask women about their sexual experiences, and then classify some experiences as ‘rape’ that most people, including the women themselves, do not consider to be rape.” That may be part of the problem, though—if something is legally and medically classified as rape, then people need to be aware of their rights and what’s considered a crime. So maybe the answer to that is more education, not bashing people who don’t know that they’ve been victims of assault. If you look at the other posts on their site, it looks like they’re spending a lot of time talking about the CDC’s allegedly biased alcohol-and-rape claims. While I think it’s important not to falsely hold people accountable, there are plenty of instances in which alcohol made it possible for someone to become a victim of rape or sexual violence. Perhaps the CDC should change its definition, but a push for that action shouldn’t result in minimizing the problem. http://www.saveservices.org/2011/12/pr-media-criticized-for-biased-coverage-of-cdc-violence-report/
A very short fact sheet from the UN World Health Organization about worldwide sexual and intimate partner violence. 70% of women in Ethiopia and Peru reported sexual and/or physical violence by an intimate partner. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/
MaleSurvivor, an organization committed to ending violence and sexual violence against boys and men. Approximately one in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, stalking and/or physical violence in their lifetime. Even though our purpose is to advocate women’s issues, we don’t want to forget the millions of men also affected by this problem: http://www.malesurvivor.org/