“Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence – yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned.” – UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon, 8 March 2007.
- AT LEAST 1 out 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. (UN report of the secretary general, 2006)
-In a single year, more than 300,000 women are raped in the US (US Dept of Justice, 2006)
- 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes occur every year with less than 20% seeking medical treatment following the injury. (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC)
- Half of the women who die from homicides, world wide, are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.(WHO 2002)
- According to the US CIA, 4 million women and girls are trafficked annually worldwide and an estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the US for sexual exploitation or forced labor every year.