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AP / March 7 , 201 3, 3:36 PM

Justice Dept.: Violence against women fell 64% over decade
The Justice Department says the rate of sexual violence against women and girls age 12 or older fell 64 percent in a decade and has remained stable for five years.
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In 2010, women and girls nationwide experienced about 270,000 rapes or sexual assaults, compared with 556,000 in 1995, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics survey released Thursday. Rates declined from a peak of 5 per 1,000 women in 1995 to 1.8 per 1,000 women in 2005. The figure remained unchanged from 2005 to 2010. In domestic violence bill, long-awaited victory for women's groups After delays and controversy, House approves domestic violence bill Brutal gang-rape sparks culture crisis in India Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, has been working for decades

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to curb violence against women, and she said in an interview that the new study is proof that the newly reauthorized Violence Against Women Act and awareness of the problem by police is having a positive impact. Smeal said that now, more than ever, "everybody knows that rape and sexual assault are crimes and will be treated as such." "We have a ways to go," she added. "It is clear there is still too much violence and too many are fearful to report it" On Thursday, President Barack Obama will sign legislation updating the Violence Against Women Act, which funds training for police and for judges, strengthening the criminal justice system's response to crimes against women. The plateauing of rapes and sexual assault rates involving women is occurring while violent crime rates overall have been heading down. "The rate of rape has stopped declining, while the rate of other violent crimes has continued to decline," said Mary P. Koss, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona. Overall, violent crime has fallen by 65 percent since 1993, from 16.8 million to 5.8 million in 2011. The drop has been attributed by experts to a variety of factors — from better policing to a reduction in the segment of the population that is most crime prone, ages 15 to 24. Koss says some of the same factors explain the stabilizing trend in rapes and sexual assault. Among the study's findings on rapes and sexual assaults: -Authorities regard the reporting of rape and sexual assaults to police as an important deterrent. But the reporting trend has been uneven. Reporting occurred in 29 percent of rapes and sexual assaults in 1995, went up to a high of 56 percent in 2003 and then declined to 35

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The statistics bureau was able to calculate the percentage of these crimes reported to police because its victimization studies are based on interviews with citizens about both reported and unreported crimes. That data can then be compared to police reports of crimes. -Out of the 283,200 annual average rapes or sexual assaults in the period from 2005 to 2010, only about 12 percent resulted in an arrest. That was for both incidents reported to police and those that were not reported. "The 12 percent figure should puncture the public's illusion that rape victims can achieve justice through reporting to law enforcement," said Koss. Koss said many people think that this low percentage of arrests stems from false reports — alleging an incident that did not happen. It isn't a result of that, said Koss. She said the actual rate of false reports ranges from 2 percent to 4 percent. One commonly held notion about sexual violence proved to be accurate. In 3 out of 4 incidents of sexual violence, the offender was a family member, intimate partner, friend or acquaintance, the survey found. The report focuses on sexual violence that includes completed, attempted and threatened rape or sexual assault. The study was compiled from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects information on nonfatal crimes from a nationally representative sample of people age 12 or older.
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I did a study of Brady Campaign state gun law ratings versus FBI violent crime rating. The result showed no relationship. Strict gun laws do nothing to prevent violent crimes. Makes sense as unarmed victims are easily defeated by brute force. See the study by googling "rideronthestorm-armed" and follow link at "Reasons Why New Gun Control Laws Won't Work".
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LET'S SEE IF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WILL STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN NEW YORK STATE? NEW YORK STATE COMMITS "ACT OF VIOLENCE" AGAINST WOMEN : UNLAWFULLY SEIZING ASSETS FROM DECENT WOMEN NEW YORK'S BIG FILTHYDIRTY SECRET! SeizingMoney from Decent Women.. Every body watched New York's Matrimonial Judge Laura Drager, steal hundreds of millions of dollars unlawfully from countless women, and noone did anything! Hundreds Are Demanding Her Removal at Change.Org This story is a study in New York State's lack of respect for the middle class hard-working woman and mom. While everyone was watching, Judge Laura Drager created a corruption network which unlawfully seized valuable pieces of real estate for Judge Drager and her legal cronies to devour. Hundreds of women have blown the whistle on Judge Drager's corruption and the Attorney General's Office, Governor Cuomo, The New York Times, The Daily New, The New York State Judicial Commission, Former Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti, and Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman... all have laughed and looked the other way. Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Have Been Unlawfully Seized by

Hard-working Decent Middle Class Women and Mom's in lieu of New York's Power Broker Spouse. Judge Laura Drager has turned divorce into a lucrative "bottom-line" business that has enriched her beyond her wildest dreams. Her strategy is simple; she usually discredits the female litigant by treating and labeling them as an acrimonious spoiled "crackpot" woman, and under that guise begins the seizure of their assets. If children are involved she has no qualms about using them as a pawn. This Judge deliberately overlooks Gun Violence to Children, Porn Sent to Children, Domestic Violence in lieu of enriching the New York City Power Broker. Go to Change.Org : Vote Judge Laura Drager Out! A Petition at Change.Org outlines a fraction of Judge Laura Drager's Criminal Behavior. Hundreds are calling for her removal from the bench.

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An unarmed woman can not fight of rapists through physical strength. An unarmed woman is afraid to report rapes as she is easily killed. An armed woman can fight back. Both against home invaders and by pressing charges against the rapist. So why do liberals want to turn back the clock and disarm women? Why do rich elite liberals hate average women so much?
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First; don't believe the statistics as reporting procedures, criterion and definitions are changing continually for various reasons. Second; a large percentage of reported violence cases are contrived by the supposed victim to punish a spouse, lover, parent or whomever. Third; this bill won't change human behavior. Certainly

there are legitimate instances of rape and those are the cases in which law enforcement must apprehend the perpetrators and remove them from society. However, let us not forget that males are often victims of sexual violence as well. Why isn't anyone standing up for violence against males? From young boys being taken advantage of by babysitters, teachers, doctors and other persons to males of any age being gang raped by drug crazed young women. All sexual violence must stop, not just that against women, and those responsible, male or female, must be removed from society.
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I wonder if there's an actual cause/effect relationship between overseas military deployment and sexual assault. Military overseas deployment nearly tripled in 2003, and began decreasing in 2009. Wikipedia has a chart (image titled File:Overseas Troops.gif). I don't believe these numbers include contractors or private defense (Academi/Blackwater).

Not trying to disparage military members, but I can't help but wonder if there's a relationship...
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Rihanna, what's your excuse?
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JSCHM2681 says:

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See that Violence against women bill passed yesterday had immediate results.
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EXCOP1949 says:

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Let's all remember that is REPORTED violence...there is lots of violence that is NOT reported.
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CROWDSGATHER says:

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And, don't forget, this was without any 'assault rifle' or other anti-gun legislation!
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Good! Now we can focus on raising awareness for and lowering domestic violence against men!
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