Hopefully the last few posts have raised some questions, some thoughts and if you are a man, some desire to act.
In case you need further convincing, here are some cold, hard, statistics.
In the UK
1.3 million women are subject to domestic violence and abuse
100,000 individuals are at risk of being murdered or seriously injured by their partner. 95% of these are women.
in 2013 – 14 Police reports record 887,000 people reporting abuse
7 women a month were killed (murdered) by a current and ex-partner in England and Wales.
850,000 women were victims of rape and 250,000 experienced serious sexual assault.
1 in 5 women between the ages of 16 – 59 experienced sexual violence since the age of 16
90% of women who reported a serious sexual assault or rape know their perpetrator,
Only 5.7% of those rapes cases which go to Court result in a conviction.
Between 2012 and 2013 22,654 sexual assaults were on women under the age of 18.
700,000 women reported being stalked between 2009 and 2012, but other sources report that that figure was closer to 5 million.
The figures show that 1 in 5 women are victims of stalking. (It is 1 in 10 for men)
On average there those being stalked do not report until the 100th incident.
Only 1% of stalkers are prosecuted.
As some of you know I come from a background in Education and have been active in supporting young people to explore their feelings, behaviours and motivations.
In a survey in 2013, it was noted that 25% of school teachers had received reports of abuse from their students. Many of these were from young women who were in a relationship.
- 12% of young women reported rape
- 33% reported unwanted sexual acts
- 23% reported physical violence
- 15% reported being ‘pressured into sex’
These are the figures which need to inform the debate. But figures and statistics are cold.
We need to reflect upon the individuals behind them; the fear they are living in and the legacy their experiences have left them with.
We need to say NO to VIOLENCE and NO to SILENCE.
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