(Atlantic) A recent article in the New York Times states that nearly 1-5 women say they have been sexually assaulted. The study is from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey started in 2010 with support from the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense. The survey found that youth itself was an important risk factor for sexual violence and assault.
“What that means is that we need to take look at our education on sexual abuse and rape, and instead of educating high school students, we need to target grade school students,” stated Wendy Richter, Director of the Southwest Iowa Family Crisis Support Network.
Richter says her agency is looking at curriculum they can take to the schools to educate the younger people on this serious issue.
“What information can we take to the schools and say this is age appropriate information that we want you to be sharing with your 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10-year olds,” said Richter. Then we need to look at the middle school level and say now these kids are getting older, and they know about these issues and what we can teach them to keep them safe, safety is the main concern.”
According to the survey, some 28-percent of male victims of rape reported that they were first assaulted when they were no older than 10. Only 12-percent of female rape victims were assaulted when they were 10 or younger, but almost half of the female victims said they had been raped before they turned 18. About 80-percent of rape victims reported that they had been raped before age 25. Another factor released by the survey says rape at a younger age was associated with another, later rape; about 35-percent of women who had been raped as minors were also raped as adults.
December 20, 2011