Sexual Victimization Of Women : An Oppressive Epidemic Essay

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The Sexual Victimization of Women: An Oppressive Epidemic
Though violence subjected towards women and young girls is only increasing and becoming more accepted and condoned, it is time for this injustice to cease and only the people of this nation have a choice to deny the prevalence of this intolerable behavior. Intentional assault against any one person may have many lasting effects; physical, sexual, psychological and economic. Based on statistics at the state and local level, violence against women is going up and continues to be an important issue that needs addressing. Sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking are major health problems in the United States (CDC). Collective action needs to be taken for prevention of violence against women and it needs to be addressed sooner than later. Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped within their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eighty percent of women experience their first rape before the age of 25 and out of the eighty percent, half of those are raped by an intimate partner (CDC). Thirteen and twenty-seven percent, respectively, experience some form of coercion or being pressured into having sexual intercourse or just unwanted sexual contact with that person. Women and young girls should be taught at a very early age that it is important to set boundaries for whenever they feel uneasy or pressured in a situation. Also it is very important to continually address the…

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