Study shows rise in violence against women

A federal study shows there has been a significant spike in violent and sexual attacks against women by an intimate partner.

The Center for Disease Control revealed that 24 people a minute in the U.S. are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking.

One in four women surveyed said they had been victims of severe physical violence by a boyfriend or husband.

One in five said they had been raped in their lifetime.

And 1.3 million women said they had been raped in the previous year, a figure that's several times higher than other studies.

"I didn't realize it was that high," said Kappy Scholla, a Virginia resident. "But that's the type of number we need to hear to maybe make people realize that it is an epidemic. It is real and it needs to be fixed."

A spokesperson for RAINN, the nation's largest organization combating sexual violence, says most sex assaults are not reported and the vast majority of perpetrators will never see a jail cell.

"I remember back in the 70's when the police didn't even come to domestic violence cases," said Carmen Jones, a D.C. resident. "And now they do. And if women have confidence in the system and confidence that they will be believed then they'll come forward."

The report also listed sexual violence data for individual states. Virginia and Tennessee were among the lowest in terms of attempted rapes and rapes of women.

Alaska and Oregon were among the highest.

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