Week Without Violence

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  • Every two minutes another American is sexually assaulted.
  • Out of every 100 cases of rape, 12 lead to an arrest, 9 are prosecuted, and only 5 lead to a felony conviction.
  • Less than half of domestic violence incidents are reported to police.
  • One in three young girls is a victim of physical, verbal, or emotional abuse in the United States.
  • One in four women will experience domestic violence and, on average, more than three women are murdered by their partners in the United States every day.
  • 1 of every 4 homeless women is homeless because of violence committed against her and over 92 percent of homeless mothers have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime.
  • Victims of domestic violence lost about 8 million days of paid work because of the violence that they experienced.
  • Close to 65 percent of all women had experienced street harassment. Among all women, 23 percent had been sexually touched, 20 percent had been followed, and 9 percent had been forced to do something sexual.
  • Food service and hospitality workers report the highest levels of sexual harassment in the workplace and often have the least amount of employment protections.
  • Native Americans are victims of rape or sexual assault at more than double the rate of other racial groups.
  • Black women experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35 percent higher than that of white women, and about 22 times the rate of women of other races.
  • In an ongoing study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint, 60 percent of Black girls will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.
  • Statistics indicate that up to 55 percent of A/PI women have reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner.
  • 48 percent of Latinas in one study reported that their partner’s violence against them had increased since they immigrated to the U.S.

 Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence, especially violence against women and girls, with YWCAs across the country and around the world. For more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. Join us in October as we hold events, share information and stories, advocate, and more with a common goal in mind. The YWCA Week Without Violence™ is a nationwide annual campaign that highlights practical, sustainable alternatives to violence in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities.