The Link Between Housing & Sexual Violence


What do you associate with the word “home”? For many, it corresponds with the notions of family, shelter, security, and a place to call your own.

Screenshot 2014-05-13 10.00.52Today, the National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC) released a infographic linking housing and sexual violence. The statistics are chilling and saddening. Instead of “home” being a place of safety, “home” is where 52% of all sexual assaults occur. Additionally, many survivors experience a lack of options to relocate and escape an environment they no longer feel safe in. Or, sometimes, the abuse is taking place at home and survivors run away or are forced out.

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Shaina Brown

Shaina Brown is responsible for managing strategic communications and providing analysis on legislative issues related to sexual violence. Shaina has a background in public affairs, media relations and grant management. Shaina joined the movement to end sexual violence in 2009, serving as a volunteer for Jeans 4 Justice, a San Diego based social change organization.

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