I have mentioned before that quite shockingly 1 in every 2 women that is raped will suffer with PTSD. Every time I decide to google statistics around the subject of sexual assault/rape/ and or partner abuse my stomach just drops, it really does.
I wanted to write a blog post detailing them. I know men also suffer with rape and sexual abuse, but just because I link it to my experience I have focused on female statistics. I do find it truly shocking, shocking and upsetting:
- Approx 90% of women who have been raped know the perpetrator prior to the offence being carried out. (Telegraphy Study, 2015).
- However 80% of women do not report the crime
- UK reported as having 85,000 rapers per year.
The subject of Partner Abuse is one that holds the greatest interest for me.
“The damage done when a woman is raped by her partner can be extremely serious. The experience of rape for a woman in this situation is compounded by a complete breach of trust by someone once loved – often the foundation of her personal life and security. Inevitably, this can leave her fearful of what confronting that might mean”.
- Recent global prevalence figures indicate that 1 in 3 (that is 35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime (WHO, 2016).
Shocking right? I have more to write but even just confronting this has given me a panic attack and I feel absolutely sick to the pit of my stomach.