Shocking Global Report Shows 1/3 Of Women Have Been Victims of Physical Or Sexual Violence

June 21, 2013  |  

The Word Health Organization has recently released findings from its first global study of violence against women and the results are staggering. The series of studies across the globe have revealed that one-third of all women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a current or former partner. Estimates were made in the few areas where numbers were hard to pin down.

Findings reported that 40 percent of women killed had been killed by their partner and physical violence is the most common violence suffered by women.

The heartbreaking findings don’t stop there. It was also reported through these studies that 7 percent of women had been victims of sexual violence by someone other than their partner in their lives. And according to the United Nations, more than 600 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not a crime.

These findings come on the heels of the Senate’s re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which was partially responsible for a 67% decrease of “intimate partner'” violence cases from 1993 – 2010 ( The study also comes after the recently disturbing discovery that 1 in 3 US military women are sexually assaulted by fellow troops.

When I first heard those statistics I was blown away. Not just because of the math but also because this is, as Head of WHO, Margaret Chan described this as “a global health problem of epidemic proportions.” From personal experience, I know that most abused women feel helpless and that they cannot seek help so they continue to endure the abuse until many of them either run away or are killed — whether they live in a country where domestic violence is legal or not.

With such a large study having highlighted the problem of violence against women, do you think the US will take more aggressive steps to educating about it, reforming legal processes surrounding it and carrying out justice for victims?

What are your thoughts?

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  • Tehani

    Who would be surprised by this? Men are very violent people, especially towards women.

  • hollyw

    No, this isn’t in the least surprising, esp. as it’s worldwide data. I’m particularly curious of the breakdown by nation, though. Here, it’s like, 1 in 4 females that are sexually assaulted by adulthood, right..? Add domestic violence in there, and I can imagine it doubling.

    That new exposure the U.S. military is getting is a doozy, though. Sickening. I wanted to be a Marine in high school, even had a recruiter come to my house…my mama told ’em, “If you don’t get the h*ll outta here!!!” = Lol smh…

  • MadameWho?

    Article content and photo are unrelated.

  • rainydaze80

    Really though! Was that the only cover photo MN could find for this story???

  • FreeBigWillie

    You could have easily chosen a picture of a white man holding a gun to the head of a black female; but you didn’t did you?

    • MNEditor2

      In Shutterstock? You should come see how difficult it is to find a decent photo in there my friend…nonetheless the photo has been changed. Have a blessed evening.

      • hollyw

        1. I’d suggest just not putting one up, then. Or perhaps just the same one as this site post..? 2. As of 7:35pm EST, it’s still there. She’s referring to the image pin of the Facebook post.

        • MNEditor2

          Greetings. We can’t not put a photo up–part of our guidelines. We just didn’t know this particular photo would rile people up, but since it did, complaints were noted and we changed it.

          Anywho, as for Facebook, once the post was published already the photo couldn’t be changed on FB. Even when you update things FB posts tend to go with the original picture. Thanks for your input though.

  • Disappointed

    I agree about the photo. A black man attacking a white woman? What a poor, irresponsible choice. Out of all the stock photos out there, this was the best image you can come up with? When faced with opportunities to choose images such as these, why would you choose one that so negatively and unnecessarily portrays our sons, brothers, husbands and fathers?

  • Remember Trayvon

    MN, what is with the cover photo on this article? A black man holding a white woman up with a gun. Can we try not to perpetuate these dangerous stereotypes? The racists are doing a good job on there own.

    • hollyw

      They did it for clicks. MN has long begun stooping to new lows to get those extra clicks…