(National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010) Fact #3: Of the 18.3% of women who have survived rape or attempted rape, 12.3% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 29.9% were between the ages of 11 and 17.
(National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010) Fact #4: Every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Department of Justice) Fact #5: One out of every five American women has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
It started off with frigidity and verbal abuse but it soon became evident that the man I was dating was very spiteful and would go for the jugular in the most minor of disagreements.
Even after all these warning signs, I still didn't believe anyone when they told me that one day it would escalate to physical violence.
This abuse/violence can take a number of forms: sexual assault, sexual harassment, threats, physical violence, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse, social sabotage, and stalking.
It can include psychological abuse, emotional blackmail, sexual abuse, physical abuse and psychological manipulation.
The Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence describes abusers as being obsessively jealous and possessive, overly confident, having mood swings or a history of violence or temper, seeking to isolate their partner from family, friends and colleagues, and having a tendency to blame external stressors.
Meanwhile, victims of relationship abuse share many traits as well, including: physical signs of injury, missing time at work or school, slipping performance at work or school, changes in mood or personality, increased use of drugs or alcohol, and increasing isolation from friends and family.
(Department of Justice 2010) Fact #9: Most female victims are raped before the age of 25, and almost half of female victims are under the age of 18.In addition, I had just been dumped by a guy after confiding in him that I'd been raped. This vulnerability allowed for easy manipulation and I was inevitably sucked into a relationship by a man who made himself out to be my Knight in Shining Armor.In retrospect, there were many things I could've done differently to prevent this situation. When You Are Vulnerable, Dating Is a Bad Idea Period.It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.Dating violence includes: Dating violence often starts with emotional abuse.(National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010).Fact #10: More than 75% of female victims were raped or sexually assaulted before age 25.You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.