New 2011 NISVS Data Set Released

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Yesterday, the CDC released a new data set for the Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey for 2011.

The new report contains similar findings to the previous NISVS data sets, which suggests that the survey’s measures are reliable. This information highlights the prevalence of sexual violence and is critical as we continue our sexual violence prevention efforts.

A few key findings from the report, which you will find are consistent with the 2010 NISVS data, include:

  • CDC graphicNearly 1 in 5 women (19%) and 1 in 59 men (nearly 2%) in the U.S. have been raped at some time in their lives.
  • One in 5 women (22%) and 1 in 7 men (14%) reported experiencing severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • One in 7 women (15%) and 1 in 18 men (6%) have experienced stalking victimization during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. Much of stalking victimization was facilitated by technology (i.e., unwanted phone calls and text messages).
  • Among women who have been raped and men who have been made to penetrate a perpetrator, 4 in 10 women (40%) and 1 in 5 men (21%) first experienced that type of victimization before age 18, and 4 in 5 women (79%) and 7 in 10 men (71%) were first victimized before age 25.

Findings from this report can be used to help demonstrate that sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking create a considerable public health burden, and can help identify priority target populations for prevention. Specifically, the data confirms the importance of efforts that focus on preventing these types of violence against young people.

In March 2014, PreventConnect hosted a series of web conferences to review this study in greater detail. Check out recordings of these PreventConnect web conferences about NISVS where you can hear from the researchers and advocates discussing the implications of the findings of previous versions of the report:


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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  • Egalitarian September 12, 2014, 10:04 PM

    The claim that “almost 2% of men have been raped” massively undercounts male rape victims. The CDC study defines “rape” as the attacker penetrating the victim, which excludes men who are forced to penetrate an perpetrator (such as a man having unwanted vaginal sex) which is counted as “made to penetrate”. The very same survey says that 6.7% of men reported that they were made to penetrate someone else. Also, the study says that 82.6% of male victims of “made to penetrate” reported only female perpetrators, meaning they were raped by a woman. ??

    The above, lifetime stats do show a lower percentage of male victims (up to 1.7% rape by penetration + 6.7% made to penetrate = 8.4%) than female victims (up to 19.3% + 0.6% = 19.9%) although it is far more than 2%. However, if you look at the report’s stats for the past 12 months, slightly more men were “made to penetrate” (1.7%) as women were raped (1.6%), meaning that if you properly include “made to penetrate” in the definition of rape, men were raped as often as women.