How prevalent is sexual abuse of women?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
How prevalent is sexual abuse of women?
Tue, 08-05-2014 - 11:18am

Every single woman I know, including myself, has been sexually abused. I am an adult and don't know of a single adult female that hasn't been sexually abused in some manner. Is sexual abuse really that common?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2010
Wed, 08-06-2014 - 9:27am

I think it is. Until we are able to change the belief that females are objects, it's never going to change.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 08-23-2014 - 9:08pm


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2014
Sun, 11-16-2014 - 12:32pm

I know so many women, too, including myself, who have been sexually abused, so I did some researc and found approximately 30 studies that quote one in four women. For brevity, I cite six here:

1. Lewin T. Sexual Abuse Tied to 1 in 4 Girls in Teens. The New York Times.
Oct 1, 1997.
2. Cruise TK. Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents. National Association
of School Psychologists.
3. Cole MB. Child sexual abuse: Four steps America must take. The Washington
Post. Nov 28, 2011.
4. 1 in 4 girls sexually abused before age 18. CBS5 News. Posted Jan 11,
2012 12:53 PM EDT; Updated: Jan 09, 2013.
5. Child sexual abuse: What parents should know. American Psychological
( Accessed
6. Prevalence of Individual Adverse Childhood Experiences. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. (From Table: 24.7% of women had experienced
childhood sexual abuse.)  Jan 18, 2013.
( Accessed 06/24/13.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2014
Sun, 11-16-2014 - 12:59pm

I totally agree. My older brother did it and my father condoned it. My mother ignored it. A few years ago I discovered, by an odd accident, where my brother lives. I went to the police about my abuser and spoke to a detective named Andrea Fogarty in Haverhill, Massachusetts, who treated me terribly and told me that the abuser, my brother, Philip Alibrandi, was going to sue me for harassment (!) because I told his wife Lisa what he was and still is. Detective Fogarty said that Philip's financially independent wife, who told me in an email that my brother had admitted everything I said was true about him and then lied to the police to protect him, was the "real victim" in all of this. The police did not protect the little girls in my brother's neighborhood, so I outed him to all of them, and now he can't get to their daughters anymore. These pedophiles rely on our silence, but it's their secret, not ours.