A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday said across all forms of violence -- sexual violence, stalking, intimate partner violence -- the vast majority of victims knew their perpetrator, who was often an intimate partner or acquaintance and seldom a stranger.
"This landmark report paints a clear picture of the devastating impact these violent acts have on the lives of millions of Americans," Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, is the first survey of its kind to provide simultaneous national and state-level prevalence estimates of violence, Sebelius said.
Key findings for women in 2010 include:
-- Nearly 20 percent of women has been raped at some time in their life. More than one-quarter of male rape victims were 10 or younger when they were first raped.
-- One-in-4 women and 1-in-7 men have been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.
-- One-in-6 women and 1-in-19 men had experienced stalking victimization which they felt very fearful or believed someone close would be harmed or killed.
-- Almost 70 percent of female victims and 53 percent of male victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before the age of 25.
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