-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans know victims
of domestic violence or sexual assault but too few talk about the
issue or take action to help victims, according to a new survey
The survey found that 60 percent of Americans know a victim of
domestic violence or sexual assault, but only 42 percent of victims
said they received help when they came forward.
The survey also revealed that 54 million Americans have been
victims of domestic violence and 32 million have been a victim of
sexual assault. Despite those large numbers, there is significant
silence and inaction around the issue.
Eighty percent of respondents said they believe domestic
violence is a problem, but only 15 percent think it is a problem
among their friends, according to the NO MORE Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault Survey commissioned by the Avon Foundation for
A huge disconnect exists in perceptions of domestic violence in
the United States, according to a foundation news release.
One reason appears to be the lack of discussion about domestic
violence and sexual assault, according to the news release. The
survey found that 73 percent of parents with children younger than
18 said they had not talked to their children about domestic
violence or sexual assault, 67 percent of respondents said they
have not talked about domestic violence with their friends and 73
percent had not discussed sexual assault.
Although 75 percent of respondents said they would step in and
help a stranger being abused, the fact is that most people do not
help. For example, among the 70 percent of women who had
experienced domestic violence and then told someone about it, 58
percent said that no one helped them.
The survey also found that 64 percent of people said that if
there was more discussion about domestic violence and sexual
assault, it would make it easier to help someone.
NO MORE is a national campaign to fight domestic violence and
sexual assault. Upcoming initiatives include a
public-service-announcement campaign featuring more than 40 public
figures and celebrities, and the development of a new National
Football League Player Engagement department program to develop a
player and family education campaign on healthy relationships.
The American Psychiatric Association has more about
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