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Rates of intimate partner violence

Sexual assault and rape are trigger words that people associate between strangers. Only someone who is "unknown" would do that to a woman. But data collected by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), which collated information from a variety of sources including the FBI and Centers for Disease Control, found that violence between intimate partner is a significant portion of all sex-related crimes.

For example, 1 in 3 and 1 out of 4 men will be or has been victimized by an intimate partner. Even worse, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men were victims or severe physical violence. In fact, intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. Women ages 18 to 24 are the most commonly abused group of people by an intimate partner. To top it all off, only 34 percent of victims received medical treatment for their injuries.

44.9 percent of females were raped by someone they knew and of those, 45.4 percent were raped by an intimate partner. The nature of these relationships and the type of crime almost ensure that many crimes go unreported or under-investigated however the federal government is making a concerted effort to tackle sex crimes, e.g. on college campuses, which may lead to a reduction in these rates in the coming years.

Sex crimes are taken extremely seriously by police and prosecutors. If you were arrested on a sex crime charge, then you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. These charges, because of their nature, tend to lead to the police, prosecutors, and even judges to become biased against you. Do not take these charges lightly, even if you avoid jail time your professional and personal life could suffer. A defense attorney can ensure that your rights are respected and that you receive fair treatment by everyone.

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