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1 out of every 3 girls and 1 out of every 7 boys will be victims of sexual abuse before the age of 18.[1] In approximately 80% of these cases, the perpetrator will be a family member. [2]

 

1 out of every 10 children lives in a home where reports of abuse have been filed with protective service agencies. [3]  

 

Domestic violence, most often involving some form of sexual abuse, remains the #1 reason that women in the U.S. seek emergency medical care.[4] Every 9 seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten. [5]1 out of every 5 women has been raped.[6]

 

... AND THESE ARE ONLY THE STATISTICS OF THOSE WHO COME FORWARD AND REPORT THEIR ABUSE. 

 

In a recent survey of 1,000 Protestant ministers within the U.S., 37% of the pastors stated they believed that less than 5% of their congregation had experienced domestic abuse/violence. Less than 10% of respondents accurately assessed the prevalence of abuse within their congregations, based on national data.[7]


[1]Andrew J. Schmutzer, “Spiritual Formation and Sexual Abuse: Embodiment, Community, and Healing,” Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care 2, no. 1 (2009), 68.
[2]Schmutzer, “Spiritual Formation,” 69.
[3] Mindy Makant, “Transforming Trauma: The Power of Touch and the Practice of Anointing,” Word and World 34:2 (Spring 2014): 161.
[4] Nancy Nienhuis, “Theological Reflections on Violence and Abuse,” The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 59:1-2 (Spring-Summer 2005): 110.
[5][6] National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics
[7] “Broken Silence: A Call for Churches to Speak Out,” Sojourners Magazine, June 2014, 4.