Stalking affects nearly 3.4 million people each year. It refers to harassing or threatening behavior that an individual engages in repeatedly such as following a person, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects or vandalizing a person’s property. Theme is “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.”
During a 12 month period an estimated 14 in every 1,000 persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking. The risk of stalking victimization was highest for individuals who were divorced or separated- 34 per 1,000 individuals. Women were at greater risk than men for stalking victimization; Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of cyber stalking such as e-mail- 83% or instant messaging 35%. 46% of stalking victims felt fear of not knowing what would happen next.
CHILDREN & ADOLECENTS
Our Children’s A Domestic Violenceocacy Program is designed specifically to be responsive to those who have witnessed domestic violence. Objectives focus on developing skills and abilities, teaching non-violent behaviors and building self-esteem. Our goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of violence.
- Sexually Assaulted Children – 95% of victims were assaulted by a male. 71% were assaulted by someone they were with or knew by sight, 10% by a family member. 29% were assaulted by a youth age 17 or younger.
- Police were contacted in regard to only 30% of Sexually Assaulted children.
- Each year, more than 3 million children in the US experience neglect or abuse.
- Children who are exposed to violence in the home are more likely to be in abusive situations as adults.
- Girls who witness or experience Domestic Violence are more likely to be abused by a companion in adulthood.
- Boys who witness abuse at home have a 1000% increased chance of being an adult abuser.
Effects on children can be psychological, behavioral, emotional or even physical. The scars (emotional and physical) stay with them for life, affecting their lives. Preschool age children may “reenact” the violent events they witness as a form of coping. Younger children may be aggressive while teenagers may experience outward, excessive rage. Worst damage comes from the impact abuse has on self-esteem. Depression, anger, controlling and coping with feelings and substance abuse are all negative effects that occur due to experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, but these can also be traced to low self-esteem.
Statistics show that children who witness abuse are more likely to commit crimes than those from non-violent families and the offending will start earlier for this age group, and generally be more violent. Children with exposure to Domestic Violence had a 24% greater chance of committing sexual assaults and were 74% more likely to commit personal crimes.
Substance abuse is a coping mechanism that allows adolescents to dull the pain of what they witnessed and assuages the guilt and helplessness they may feel. Abused or neglected children have an increased likelihood to engage in sexual activities at an earlier age than their peers. Children may exhibit anti-social behavior further distancing them from their peers. Are more likely to perform poorly in school and have lower academic achievements.
- 50% of men who frequently assaulted wives also frequently assaulted their children.
- Over half of female victims of domestic violence live in homes with children under the age of 12.
- Children who grow up in a home with Domestic Violence are 79% more likely to become victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse and 74% more likely to commit violent crimes.
- Approx. 20% of US teens report dating someone who became violent with them. Victims face the threat of injury and also an elevated risk of substance abuse, poor health, sexually risky behavior, pregnancy and suicide.
- In 2006, there were 589 domestic violence cases filed in Hamilton County.
- Medical expenses from Domestic Violence total $3-5 billion. Businesses forfeit another $100 million in lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity.
- 81% of men who batter had fathers who battered their mothers.
RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT
- Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone has chosen to sexually assault someone else. One in 6 American women are victims of sexual assault
- 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger- 38% of perps were a friend or acquaintance of the victim, 28% were an intimate and 7% were another relative.
- Teenagers and young adults are the age groups at greatest risk for rape- esp. acquaintance rape.
- About 50% of rape victims are under 18 years of age when they are victimized.
- Youths 12-17 are two to three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than adults.
- 78% of teenage victims do not tell their parents about the incident.
- 71% of teenage victims tell a friend that they were raped.
- 75% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol.
- The risk of rape is 4 times higher form women aged 16-24 than for any other age group.
- 1 in 4 college women surveyed are victims of rape or attempted rape.
- Stats from the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that approximately 15% of women are raped at some point in their lives. Of these victims, approximately 85% do not report the crime to police.
- Every 2.5 minutes, someone chooses to sexually assault someone else in America.
- From July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009: Total deaths in IN- 49, down from 61 the year before. Men can be victims of partner abuse, but they represent a minority of cases. 85% of victims are females abused by male partners; they are 90-95% more likely to be the victims of abuse than are men.
- Homicide: For every victim of homicide, there are an estimated additional four to eight persons (those closest to the murder victim) whose lives are deeply injured and forever changed by the victimization. These survivors, who are often isolated or disenfranchised because of the abnormality and horror of death of a loved one by murder, commonly suffer alone and in silence. There are approximately 30,000 homicides annually in the US that affect between 120,000 and 240,000 relatives and other survivors.