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YWCA Declares "Enough" Violence

Nov 21, 2008

Nearly one in four women report having experienced unwanted sexual acts with a relative or an acquaintance before the age of 18 – and one in six report such encounters at age 18 and older. These were among the findings of a new survey commissioned by the YWCA USA and released during its annual Week Without Violence, October 14 to October 20. The Week raises awareness of violence and promotes prevention each year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Young women do not have to accept these statistics, and the YWCA certainly will not tolerate these numbers any longer,” said Lorraine Cole, CEO of YWCA USA, noting that 39 percent of women said they had experienced unwanted touching of their intimate parts or the intentional touching of clothing covering those parts by a relative or acquaintance before age 18.

The YWCA launched a new web site that is a comprehensive resource for violence prevention and information. The site – www.ywcaweekwithoutviolence.org – provides online quizzes to test knowledge on the topic, provides tools to assess the health of relationships, offers safety information and fact sheets on issues like dating violence, and gives teens places to find help.

The YWCA study was conducted by Harris Interactive, which polled 1,803 U.S. adults, age 18 and over in September 2007. For more information, please visit www.ywca.org or www.ywcaweekwithoutviolence.org.

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