The study had shocking findings

The study had shocking findings

The study reported nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped at some point in her life. 80% of victims were first raped before the age of 25.

The shocking figures, released by the Centers for Disease Control, also found 1 in 4 women had been a victim of severe violence by a partner and 1 in 6 women has experienced stalking. 

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, is one of the centre's lastest public health surveillance systems  designed to monitor sexual violence, stalking and domestic violence

It also found 1 in 7 men experiences severe physical violence by a partner and almost 53% of male victims were under the age of 25.

Dr Linda Degutis, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said:" This report highlights the heavy toll that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence places on adults in this country. These forms of violence take the largest toll on women, who are more likely to report immediate impacts and long-term health problems caused by their victimization."

The report brought attention to how violence can impact on a person's lifetime.

Female victims of violence suffer more long-term health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, headaches, chronic pain and difficulty sleeping.