Sexual Violence: A Public Health Crisis

61,600 children and adults were sexually assaulted in Minnesota last year. 77,600 incidents of sexual violence were reported. More than 17,000 of the victims were children. The highest rate of sexual assault was among girls between 13-17 years old; 1 in 19 girls in the state in that age group suffered a sexual assault.

These victims are part of what Patty Wetterling calls a "serious public health problem." Ms. Wetterling, the Director of the Sexual Violence Prevention Program in the state Department of Health, told a group of educational and social services officials that the cost of rape and assaults amounted to $7.9 billion in Minnesota in 2005.

According to the Post Bulletin, Minnesota is one of only a few states that keeps data on sexual abuse. Given the growing access to pornography on the Internet, and growing evidence that porn adversely affects sexual development and practices, shouldn't we be doing more to determine the cause and extent of sexual violence in our society?

Created: April 30, 2008 09:53
Last Modified: April 30, 2008 09:53

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