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In 2004 in Oklahoma, over 24,500 domestic violence cases were reported to Oklahoma law enforcement.
Oklahoma ranks 7th nationally in the number of females murdered by males with 92% of the perpetrators being known by the victim. (KIDS COUNT factbook)
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women conducted a study that found nearly ¾ of women incarcerated in Oklahoma state prisons reported being physically abused at some point in their lifetime.
Oklahoma ranks number 1 in the nation, and by some reports the world, for the number of incarcerated women.
The rate of dating violence for Oklahoma 9th graders is more than three times the national average, at a rate of 26% for Oklahoma freshmen, compared to 8% nationwide. (Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse) During 2005, 9% of high school girls and 5% of high school boys had been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to (Youth Risk Behavior Survey).
Twelve percent (12%) of 9th grade girls, 11% of 10th grade girls, and 8% of 11th grade girls reported they had been forced to have sexual intercourse.
Oklahomans endure one rape every 6 hours, 1 minute, and 58 seconds.
According to a recent survey of women 18-35 years of age, 31% had been sexually assaulted in their lifetimes; 74% were younger than 18 years of age when the first sexual assault occurred and 32% of women who had been sexually assaulted had experienced more than one sexual assault. (Sexual Assault Prevention Women’s Survey, University of Oklahoma Public Opinion Learning Laboratory, 2006). (Oklahoma Department of Health Facts about Sexual Violence)
American Indian women are more likely to be stalked than any other group (17%) compared to white women (8.2%), African-American women (6.5%) and Asian/Pacific women (4.5%). (Stalking Resource Center –National Center for Victims of Crime)
4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States with 3 in 4 of them stalked by someone they know.
Current or former intimate partners account for 30% of stalking. [Katrina Baum et al., “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington, DC:BJS, 2009).]
Approximately 29% of stalking victims fear the stalking will never stop. [Baum et al., (2009). “Stalking Victimization in the United States.” BJS.]
Alarmingly, intimate partners stalked 76% of intimate partner femicide victims and their intimate partner had physically abused 67% of those victims. 89% of femicide victims who had been physically assaulted had also been stalked in the 12 months before their murder.
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1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape)
This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-WR-AX-0025 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.