A government survey of rape and domestic violence released Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought.
Nearly 1 in 5 women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and 1 in 4 reported being beaten by an intimate partner. In Florida, nearly 1.3 million women (17.1 percent) say that have been raped at some time in their lives.
“That almost 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime is very striking,” said Linda Degutis, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
Fewer are marrying
When it comes to saying “I do,” more and more Americans seem to really mean, “Not so much,” according to a new analysis of marriage.
Just over half of all adult Americans, 51 percent, are currently married, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the Pew Research Center. The center predicts that, if current trends continue, the share of currently married adults will fall below half within a few years. In 1960, 72 percent of all adults 18 and older were married.
In Florida, a little less than half of adults are married.
The analysis shows that, though the traditional marriage is giving way, other lifestyle forms — including cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood — are growing. It found that the number of new marriages in the United States declined by 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.
Divorce has been a factor in keeping the ranks of the currently married down, but it is unclear how important it has been. Divorce rates climbed in the 1960s and 1970s, but have leveled off in the past two decades. About 72 percent of adults have been married at least once, down from 85 percent in 1960.
Information from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Associated Press was used in this report.