Unsettling Report on An Epidemic of Rape

The latest survey reveals that the majority of victims are minors

THE STATISTICS ARE HORRIFYING ENOUGH TO MAKE a mother rush her daughters into hiding -- and perhaps join them. According to a federally funded survey published by the National Victim Center last week, 683,000 adult women were forcibly raped in the U.S. in 1990. That figure is five times the number of sexual assaults reported by the Justice Department for the same year.

Tabulating the answers from a cross section of 4,000 women, the survey authors estimated that more than 12 million American women have been raped at least once in their life, but the true shocker is that 61% of...

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