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New report reveals rape statistics in West Virginia

A recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as one in nine West Virginia women have been the victim of rape.

The report, Rape in West Virginia: A Report to the State, will help state injury prevention officials raise awareness of the need to prevent violence against women.

"Understanding the causes of violence against women is an important step in stopping future acts," said Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Paul Nusbaum. "Rape has extreme, severe and long-lasting psychological effects and we must do everything in our power to prevent another individual from becoming a statistic of this horrible crime."

While the number of adult female rape victims is lower than the national average - one in seven, there are still nearly 85,000 West Virginia women who have reported being raped in their lifetime.

The data were determined by using two previous studies – the National Women’s Study and the National Violence Against Women Survey – and adjusting the data to match West Virginia’s demographic and economic profile.

The new report is being released by the Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia injury Prevention Coalition at the inaugural West Virginia Injury Prevention Conference at Lakeview Resort near Morgantown. The conference will begin with a keynote address, "Living on High Alert," at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10 by noted security expert Robert Siciliano.

The three-day conference will inform participants how to work within their communities on how to address domestic violence issues. Other topics for the conference include: playground safety; all-terrain vehicle safety, homeland security issues; workplace safety; and disaster planning.

For more information contact Keri Kennedy at 304-558-0644.

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