The Real American Family

More Unmarried Couples Choosing to Live Together and Bear Children
Child Trends, March 26, 2001

The marriage hoax
Conservative moralists, alarmed by the divorce rate, want us to return to a Golden Age of Marriage. Too bad it never existed.
Salon.Com, March 19, 2001

Married-With-Children Still Fading
Washington Post, May 14, 2001

Two-Parent Families Increasingly Immigrants
Washington Post, May 22, 2001

43% of 1st Marriages End in Divorce in 15 Years
USA Today, May 25, 2001

Shotgun Weddings by Uncle Sam
Business Week, June 4, 2001

Bush's Controversial Bid to Promote Marriage
Christian Science Monitor, June 4, 2001

Banish the boogeymom!
Why, when a woman chooses both to work and to mother, does she incite the sort of rage reserved for wayward clerics and defilers of sacred things?
Salon.Com, June 5, 2001

The Nuclear Family Takes a Hit
Salon, June 7, 2001

Father's Day, 2001
Census Bureau Facts for Features News, June 17, 2001

Searching for your `soul mate'
Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2001

Census Shows Big Increase in Gay Households
Washington Post, June 20, 2001

The Good in a Bad Marriage
USA Today, June, 21, 2001

Researchers Say Filicide [Murder of Children] Not Rare
Houston Chronicle, June 22, 2001

U.S. Adults Postponing Marriage
Census Bureau Reports

Surgeon General Urges Thorough Sex Education
Washington Post, June 29, 2001

Did Cradles Always Rock? Or Did Mom Once Not Care?
New York Times, June 30, 2001

Tracking Family Structures
Fewer N.C. children living with married parents Charlotte Observer

Behind the Surge in Gay Couples
Census Reallocated Respondents in '90
Bergen (N.J.) Record, July 4, 2001

New Poll on Racial Intermarriage
Survey Finds Increasing Tolerance Associated Press, July 5, 2001

Take Closer Look at Nuclear-Family Norm
USA Today, July 12, 2001

Daycare More Expensive Than College
The Christian Science Monitor, July 16, 2001

Children's Well-Being Improves
Report Says New York Times, July 19, 2001

Study: U.S. children healthier, wealthier than in 1998
USA Today, July 19, 2001

Child Welfare Improving
Study Says Washington Post, July 19, 2001

Relationship respite: Women find 'marriage sabbaticals' help them pursue dreams, find direction USA Today, July 19, 2001

U.S. Schools Turn More Segregated
Study Finds New York Times, July 20, 2001

Campus Romance, Unrequited
Washington Post, July 25, 2001

Dating on the American College Campus Is All but Dead
Survey Finds The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2001

New York Law May Fan the Fire in Divorces Like Giuliani's
New York Times, July 29, 2001

Rethinking Segregation
Beyond Black and White
New York Times, July 29, 2001

Surprising Result in Welfare-to-Work Studies
New York Times, July 31, 2001

When There's Simply Not Enough Food for Thought
(Nutrition and Learning) New York Times, August 1, 2001

The 2000 Census: Facts on Education and Youth

Two-Parent Families Rise After Changes in Welfare
New York Times, August 12, 2001

Latino baby boom propels growth spurt
High birthrates lead shift toward majority status in California San Jose Mercury News, August 13, 2001

University of California Study Paradoxes of Daycare

Unwed Partners Up 72% in U.S.
Demographics Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2001

Only 3 percent of low-income families served by Head Start
An Early Start on Education Washington Post, August 13, 2001

New Children's Defense Fund Studies
How Children Fare in Welfare Experiments and Youth and Crime

Gay Couples Found to Head More Homes
New York Times, August 22, 2001

TV Gives Unrealistic View of Marriage
Houston Chronicle, August 23, 2001

Growing Up with Gay Parents
USA TODAY, August 23, 2001

Census Bureau Releases 1998 Poverty Estimates for States and District of Columbia

Putting Stagnant SAT Scores in Perspective
New York Times, August 29, 2001

In 90's Economy, Middle Class Stayed Put, Analysis Suggests
New York Times, August 31, 2001

Report Shows Americans Have More 'Labor Days'
New York Times, September 1, 2001

Seniors Pick Cohabitation Rather than Marriage
Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2001

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Concerned Women for America
The Concerned Women for America spend their time castigating Barbie for sowing "gender confusion" and pushing for things like half million dollar fines for CBS's brief display of Janet Jackson's nipple. Nipple nipple nipple. On today's Christian News Wire is a press release urging CBS to pay a $550,000 fine, entitled: "CWA Says CBS has Dirt in Its Eyeball." I'm assuming this is a clumsy wink to Luke 6:41, which (ironically) says: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"

Women Bushwacked by Lame Duck President
President Bush's new head of federal family-planning programs believes that birth control is "demeaning" to women. Did you have to read that twice? So did we. Late last week, after pledging to bring the country together after his electoral losses, President Bush appointed Eric Keroack to lead the Department of Health and Human Services' family-planning program - which helps more than five million people annually at 4,600 clinics nationwide. Keroack has dedicated his career to telling women that birth control and abortion are wrong. He most recently was the medical director for A Woman's Concern, a network of six anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" in Massachusetts that maintains a policy that states: "the crass commercialization and distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness."

Domestic violence against women rises
Domestic violence against women is rising and most of the culprits are spouses, according to the findings of a study. Every 18 seconds, somewhere, a woman suffers violence or maltreatment ... We must put an end to this shameful practice. One in six women now suffer.

Women's Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal
We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world. We've buried too many of our loved ones. We've seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We've watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families' basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We've had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities. This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts, we women are rising up - across borders - to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction.

Defend Breast Cancer Screening in Your Health Care
Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer, and then learning that your heath insurance provider wouldn't cover the cost of treatment. Congress is quietly considering a plan, called Association Health Plans (AHPs) that will allow insurance companies to skirt providing the most basic women's healthcare, including cancer screening and treatment.

Should women still have to choose between having a family and having a secure retirement?
Women today play a much greater role in our workforce than they did just a few decades ago. And yet, pension plan laws have not been updated. The current laws unfairly penalize women for taking time off to raise families. It's time for pension plan laws that reflect the economy and the workplace of today and the future. Take Action!

Saving Plan B from the zealots
Days before Katrina hit New Orleans and flooded the news, FDA chief Lester Crawford announced that he was indefinitely postponing the sale of Plan B over the counter. As Susan Wood, the respected head of the FDA's Office of Women's Health, said when she resigned in protest, ''This time delay is denial." I will spare you the long, convoluted history of the morning-after pill and the FDA. Plan B was planted firmly in the common ground in the culture wars. Pregnancy prevention is, after all, abortion prevention. It's something we agree on.

Hurricane Katrina Survivor Relief
“Traverse for Women” (in cooperation with “We Are Traverse City”) will pass along your donations directly to women who have survived Hurricane Katrina, and who are attempting to survive overwhelming and debilitating hardships as a result. We will accept clothing, diapers, good furniture, bottled water, powdered formula, cash etc. Checks may be made out to “We Are Traverse City, Inc.”, with Hurricane Katrina written somewhere on the check. You may also click the picture to right if you wish to make a credit card contribution. One-hundred-percent of your contribution will go directly to women in need (minus bank/credit card processing fees).

Restoring Virginity Becomes Risky Business
Many women who seek hymen-repair surgery do so under threat of death if family members in religious fundamentalist households find out they are not virgins. Now, the U.S. doctors who help them are also being intimidated.

Protect Checks and Balances in Govenment
Why are the radical right pushing so hard for this same group of rejected judicial nominees? Surely there's no shortage of qualified fair-minded candidates for these positions. But what there IS a shortage of is cronies so extreme that they can be counted on to rule 100% of the time in favor of rich campaign contributors, and to make sectarian dogmatic religious decisions the law of the land. Witness the recent spectacle in Florida. They searched in vain, from court to court to court, for an jurist willing to maintain a poor terminally braindead woman as a political prop. And THAT'S the kind of judge they are now so determined to ram down the throats of we the people, with lifetime appointments no less.

Tell pharmacy chains to stop discriminating against women!
All over the country the right wing is insidiously promoting its anti-woman agenda: women are being denied their prescriptions for birth control at the pharmacy. Sometimes women can't even get their prescriptions transferred to other pharmacies. We cannot let this stand.

Women have come a long way
... or have we? In the 1800's, women could work the land, but we couldn't own it. Before 1920, women could count the vote, but we couldn't make our vote count. It's 2005 now - but incredibly, in as many as 20 states, pharmacies can refuse to fill women's prescriptions for birth control.

82 years ago suffragist Alice Paul wrote the draft for the Equal Rights Amendment — VIEW STATES | LEARN MORE
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." In just twenty-four words Alice Paul captured the essence of the women's rights movement for her generation and all those that have followed. But despite the radical changes in our society since 1923 the Equal Rights Amendment has yet to become a part of the Constitution. Let's make 2005 the year of equality! Representative Carol Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) have once again reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment into Congress. Time for the states to ratify this amendment is running out. Please take a minute to ask your state legislators to ratify this amendment before it's too late. [NOTE: In 1972 Michigan was the 20th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. ]

Does a loaf of bread cost less for a woman?
Wal-Mart seems to think so. You may have thought that sexual discrimination in the work place ended in the 70's. At Wal-Mart sexual discrimination hasn't gotten better since the women's movement of the 70's it's gotten worse. In fact, Wal-Mart currently employs fewer women in management position than it's major competitors did in 1975! On average it takes men 2.86 years to get promoted to assistant manager, yet it takes women 4.38 years to accomplish the same task. And even though 65% of Wal-Mart employees are women; those working hourly jobs annually take home $1,100 less than men. Please sign this petition.

Brain Games
Imagine that your daughter's school has called to inform you that her annual mental health exam suggests she has a mood disorder. What's more, her treatment requires each family member to fill out a psychological questionnaire. The survey is deeply personal, ranging from family history to drinking and sexual habits. Some of your answers could, if they're misinterpreted, indicate a higher risk factor for your daughter. Should you lie about being treated with anti-depressants? And if you tell the truth, who will see your records, now that they're permanently archived?

Female Veterans need real support!
Nicole Goodwin served as a Private First Class during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her daughter, Shylah, was only a few months old when Nicole left for Iraq. Soon after her return to the United States, Nicole and her daughter found themselves homeless. After weeks of struggle with the Department of Homeless Services, spending her nights on buses and in shelters with her baby, Nicole found a new home...

How Sexuality Is Used to Attack Women's Organizing
What does U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton have in common with Lohana Berkins, a leading activist for Argentina's Human Life International, with Vahida Nainar, who leads India's Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice [and Margaret Dodd former Mayor of Traverse City]? According to a new report issued by the New York-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), they all have been baited and smeared as lesbians by right-wing opponents seeking to undermine the work of prominent women working in politics or in legal and social advocacy. Read the full report here PDF

New Health Risks Associated with Smoking During Pregnancy
Most women are aware that smoking during pregnancy is a health risk, not just to the baby, but to the mother as well. Now a new study that is being published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association

U.S. Abortion Stance Angers Women at U.N. Meeting
As the George W. Bush administration tries to influence other nations to endorse its antagonistic views on abortion, feminist scholars and activists from the Arab and Muslim world warn that the U.S. move could cause irreparable damage to their years-long struggle for equality.

Rocket Fuel in Your Lettuce
Perchlorates, recklessly discharged into streams and rivers near military bases and weapons manufacturing facilities, have contaminated drinking water in 35 states, and have been detected in measurable amounts in 93% of lettuce and milk samples.

Tell Congress to Stand Up for What's Right
Beneath the incomprehensible federal budget numbers - a $2.57 trillion budget, a $427 billion deficit, $419 billion in military spending - the federal budget is a moment of truth. It's the checkbook of our country. And it, like the spending plan of a family or business, should reflect the stuff we care about. But Bush's proposed budget is out of step with Americans' true priorities. To bankroll more tax cuts for millionaires and a sell-off of Social Security to Wall Street, President Bush suggested record cuts to essential services that provide real benefits to the American people. The silver lining is that what the president proposes, Congress disposes. None of Bush's cuts will happen if Congress rejects his budget. This is where we come in. Congress needs to hear loud and clear from the American people: The Bush budget should be dead on arrival.

Backroom Deal That Threatens Children
Dow Chemical company is in the process of striking a backroom deal with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal a ban on a widely used, highly toxic pesticide called Dursban. Four years ago, the EPA announced it had conclusive evidence that Dow's pesticide Dursban (chlorpyrifos) "does not provide an adequate margin of protection for children." The EPA said that Dursban, which is commonly applied to lawns, parks and playgrounds, can cause severe neurological disorders in kids, as well as birth defects.

Womb Pollution?
If you’re pregnant and living in one of our many cities with unacceptable air quality, consider this: A study released last June by the Columbia University Center for Children’s Environmental Health demonstrates that developing fetuses are more susceptible to DNA damage caused by combustion-related pollutants than their mothers are, despite protection by the placenta.

Common Pesticide Causes Agression and Brain Damage
Glufosinate, a pesticide used widely in the U.S. and whose residues have been found in the food and water supply, has been verified to cause brain and hormonal damage. Glufosinate, which is used as an herbicide on several varieties of genetically modified canola and corn, is also linked to neurological defects that increase the rate of hyperactivity and decrease IQs.

GMOs Pose Significant Threat to World Food Supplies
Genetically modified organisms arecontaminating natural crops around the world and triggering mounting economic costs as farmers lose markets and organic producers lose their certification, writes Claire Hope Cummings in "Trespass: Genetic Engineering as the Final Conquest." Worse, consumers are eating GMOs whether they like it or not, and even GMOs not approved for human consumption have shown up in food products such as taco shells. Moreover, writes Cummings, patents awarded for the commercial use of genetic engineering technology are giving agrochemical companies ultimate control over the means and methods of food production.

Americans Are New Guinea Pigs for $500 Billion Pharmaceutical Industry
Thousands of Americans are getting sick and many are dying each year from prescription drugs that were pushed onto the U.S. market ahead of the rest of the world. Nearly 60 percent of all the genuinely new drugs sold in the world in 2003 - those with active ingredients never before marketed - were first dispensed in America. While the FDA has no official estimate on the number of people killed by these drugs, the agency says 106,000 people a year die from all types of drug reactions. One new drug, the painkiller Vioxx, which was pulled from the market this fall, may have caused 55,000 deaths, a top FDA scientist said recently.

Study Links 200 or More Diseases to Pollution
Doctors from the University of California and the Boston Medical Center have released findings linking common chemical pollutants to at least 200 different human diseases. Health and environmental activists believe the study's findings warrant the release of information by manufacturers on the potential risks associated with use of their products. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is working hard to prevent such mandatory information disclosure, which it argues would have economic impacts.

U.S. Buys Flu Shots Not Approved Here
The Bush administration made a special exception Tuesday to buy up to 4 million doses of a flu vaccine produced in Germany that is not licensed in the U.S. Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said the Food and Drug Administration authorized the purchase of the vaccine, called Fluarix, which was manufactured in Germany by the British firm GlaxoSmithKline.

Stop Drug Companies from Hiding Study Results
Every day in the news, more and more information comes out about the risks of high-profile prescription drugs that have been hidden from the public. Just this week, Pfizer suspended all advertisements of its highly publicized arthritis drug because of new data showing an elevated risk of heart attacks. Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women - such risks are not trivial for women. Unfortunately, much of the data on these drugs are not new. The public just hasn't known about these problems until now. Let Congress know: We deserve to know the truth about the safety of our prescription drugs!

Toxins in Your Dinner? Mercury Threatens Our Health
Did you know you could be serving toxic mercury for dinner? That's right. Mercury, a dangerous toxin emitted from coal-fired power plants, is deposited in streams, lakes, and rivers, where it accumulates in fish - fish we eat. One in five women have unhealthy mercury levels in her blood that threaten the neurological development of more than 600,000 newborns every year. Neurological damage caused by mercury exposure is irreversible.

Protecting Kids from Environmental Hazards
Expectant mothers are notorious worriers. As the nesting instinct kicks in, they will lower their bellies down to the floor to scrub every corner with a toothbrush. In some cases, it makes them ban all solvents, bleached paper products and imported grapes from the premises. Considering all of the health threats children face today, clearing away environmental hazards should be a parental priority.

EPA Will Use Poor Kids as Guinea Pigs in New Study on Pesticides
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led by Bush appointees, plans to launch a new study in which participating low income families will have their children exposed to toxic pesticides over the course of two years. The study entitled CHEERS (Children’s Environmental Exposure Research Study) will look at how chemicals can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed by children ranging from babies to 3 years old. For taking part in these studies, each family will receive $970, a free video camera, a T-shirt, and a framed certificate of appreciation. Sign the petition to stop this insanity.

Help stop the Religious Right from rolling back 75 years of progressive gains
A Radical Right Court would reverse 75 years of progressive legislation that has defined the America ... an America that we are proud of ... an America that the world looks up to ... an America whose shores immigrants struggle to reach ... an America based on democratic ideals. At risk are hundreds of court decisions supporting civil liberties, civil rights, the right to choose, the environment, workers' rights, Social Security, privacy, health care and church/state separation. And that is why, with your help, we must stop the confirmation of Radical Right justices to the Supreme Court.

Put Kids Before Profits
In every election, the big tobacco companies and their political action committees spend millions of dollars in campaign contributions and other political donations. That's bad for democracy and that's bad for our kids. Tell candidates running for office in your district to put America's Kids first, not Big Tobacco's profits.

Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move
Moving companies are legally obligated to give it you. Scammers do not want you to see this information.

How to Protect Yourself From Moving Scams
Moving? It's easy to get excited about moving someplace new... you've got your promotion, you've found a new home, and you're ready to relocate halfway across the country. Life is good! Until you try to find a moving company, that is... then you may find you've entered a nightmare world.

The Troubling State of America's Children 2004
U.S. census bureau data shows that the gap between rich and poor families in the U.S. is greater than ever before. At the same time, the rate of childhood obesity is increasing practically as quickly as the national debt. A cross analysis of such data is presented in the 2004 State of the Children report, recently released by the Children's Defense Fund, and unfortunately, the results are downright depressing. For example, increased economic disparity on racial lines means African American infants are currently twice as likely to die in their first year as White infants. Cutbacks in education funding have led to a full 70% fourth graders not being able to read or write at grade level. Weaker gun control laws have resulted in eight children dying from gunfire every day. Interestingly enough, many of these statistics are reminiscent of data coming out of Texas during GW's governorship.

EPA Says DuPont Failed to Report Health Risks of Teflon
According to EPA officials, DuPont, the country's second-largest chemical manufacturer, violated the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by not reporting health risks from exposure to Teflon, its non-stick cookware coating and carpet protection product.

US again denies money to population fund
The Bush administration announced yesterday that it is withholding the United States' contribution to the UN Population Fund

Gender Bias in Coverage of Political Races
The overwhelming majority of news sources cited by capital city newspapers covering the most recent races for open governorships were male, Michigan State University researchers have found. Three quarters of stories citing nonpartisan sources cited only men, while 9 percent cited only women.

'What Will Happen To My Children When I Die?'
A new report on AIDS reveals a pandemic within the pandemic. Without strategies that specifically focus on women, there will be no global progress in fighting the disease.

Try Not To Breathe!
An industry spokesperson offers this cheap solution to the problem of air pollution: on "bad air" days "asthmatic kids need not go out and ride their bicycles" – the idea being that industrial facilities should not have to take steps to reduce health risks caused by their pollution; rather individuals should take steps to avoid these risks.

America's Changing Families
American family life has changed more dramatically over the past quarter century than it had during the preceding half century. These changes have evoked alarm, anxiety, and apprehension, and have provoked recurrent calls for a return to the "traditional" family. We are convinced that the best response to these shifts is not sanctimonious moralizing and but rather a serious attempt to understand the underlying causes of the changes that are taking place in family life and to develop practical, pragmatic programs to address the stresses and needs of today's diverse families.

Women Living with Heart Disease
Los Angeles — Nearly one-third, or 365,000, of women's annual deaths result from heart disease, which is their leading cause of death.The Coalition is the nation's only patient advocacy organization that represents 8 million American women living with heart disease and aims to improve their quality of life and cardiac health through support, information and advocacy.

What's The Difference Between Being Black And Being Gay???? . . . When You're Black You Don't Have To Tell Your Mother
In 1960, the sit-in movement came to Fredericksburg, VA. I was sixteen years old and full of youthful optimism. We held mass meetings, NAACP Youth Chapter meetings, and mock sit-ins to learn the lessons of passive resistance. We were passive and we were polite -- even when called "niggers" and "coons" and "sambo." We were scared when the darkness fell and we exited, surrounded by throngs of whites chanting "come out coons, come out coons!" But we were undaunted and ever so optimistic that our actions would prove to all the world that we were no longer INFERIOR -- as I'd been told during all my formative years. Not by my parents, not by my community, but by life.

Lesbian Community Assesses Health Issues
Compared to heterosexual women, lesbians appear to have higher rates of smoking, obesity and alcohol use. Often lacking health insurance or wary of unsympathetic doctors, they also may be less likely to undergo routine medical exams that could identify cancer and other problems at early stages.

Barnard Commencement 2004 (Speech by Barbara Ehrenreich)
It is a total thrill to share this day with you today. I really feel honored to participate. How many of you are parents of graduates? What I'm really curious about is how you managed to get here today, after paying all that money for tuition - Greyhound bus? I put two kids thru Ivy League myself, which meant I had to hitchhike to their commencement ceremonies.

Mammograms Harder to Get, Report Finds
WASHINGTON, June 10 (AP) - A shortage of providers is threatening women's access to mammograms, a federal health advisory panel said in a report released Thursday.

Protect Servicewomen's Rights Abroad!
Servicewomen and female military dependents are banned from accessing abortion services - even when using their own private funds - at military hospitals overseas. They don't even have the same right Medicaid recipients do to public support in cases of rape or incest. Our overseas military personnel deserve the same rights as women here in America.

Protect Women's Health and Clean Air
Did you know that secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, like arsenic, ammonia, and cyanide? And new evidence shows that smoking is linked to infertility, miscarriages, and cervical cancer. If someone were polluting our parks or rivers with arsenic and cyanide, we'd be outraged. So why is it ok to pollute our air in public spaces like offices, restaurants, and bars, especially when we know this pollution can kill us? Help us protect public health and clean air:

Protect Children and Families From Dangers of Mercury Pollution
More than 600,000 newborns are at risk of brain damage and learning disabilities every year because their mothers were exposed to mercury pollution.  Mercury is highly toxic to everyone, but particularly to children and developing fetuses.  Most mercury is released from power plant smokestacks.  And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projects that your state suffers from particularly high levels of mercury pollution.  Yet, despite the dangers of mercury pollution, the EPA is proposing completely inadequate rules for regulating mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants.  Let's hold the federal government accountable to fully enforce the Clean Air Act and slash mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.  Ask the EPA and the White House to develop strong mercury rules to protect our children and families.

Violence Against Women
In 1996, a statewide survey of women aged 18-69 in Michigan collected data on violence in women's lives. This survey found that:

  • In the year before the survey, 12% of women sustained at least one form of violence (physical, sexual 1 , or threat) perpetrated by a man.
  • Since age 16, over half (58%) of Michigan women experienced some type of violence by a man.
  • Women were more likely to sustain violence by someone they knew (52%) than by strangers (35%).
  • Over one-third (38%) of women who had ever had a partner had experienced some type of partner 2 violence.
  • One out of five (21%) women with current partners reported sustaining some type of violence in that relationship.
  • 38% of women have experienced physical violence by a man since age 16.
  • 40% of women have experienced some form of sexual violence, ranging from unwanted touching to forcible rape, since the age of 16.
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