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For young women the personal connection is even more profound and the fear of sexual violence alters their daily life.Approximately nine out of ten (87%) young women said that they take special precautions to rarely or never walk alone after dark and nearly two-thirds (64%) said that they think about what could happen if they leave a drink unattended.In the survey, 9.6 percent of females and 5.4 percent of males reported a lifetime history of sexual assault, and 10.6 percent of females and 9.5 percent of males said they had experienced dating violence in the past year.Dating violence was defined as being hit, slapped or hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend.Adolescent girls who reported dating violence were 60 percent more likely to report one or more suicide attempts in the past year, the survey found, and males who reported sexual assault were four times as likely to have attempted suicide.A history of sexual assault in females and a history of dating violence in males did not increase the rates of attempted suicide, which is the third leading cause of death for adolescents.Young people are also willing to speak out and address violence against women themselves.
Additionally, quotas were set to ensure racial representation that is reflective of the U. The survey found that dating violence was more common among partners who had punched, shoved or otherwise abused their siblings than those who had not.A majority (63%) named law enforcement as the first and second most responsible for addressing the problem.More than one-third of respondents (36%) said Congress is either first or second most responsible.(Source: The survey was conducted online by The Michael Cohen Group for Lifetime Television from February 9-16, 2005, among 600 young people, 16-24 years of age.The sample was comprised of 50% female and 50% male respondents.